Stephen King: 'It's time for Susan Collins to go'
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Author Stephen King endorsed Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon’s (D) campaign against to unseat Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp Trump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report MORE on Monday.

King, a native of the Pine Tree State who uses it as the setting for much of his fiction, previously endorsed Collins’s 2014 challenger, state Sen. Shenna Bellows (D). He was also a frequent critic of former Gov. Paul LePage (R), who held office from 2011 to 2019 and once wrongly suggested King did not pay income taxes in the state.

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Collins has become a top target of progressive activists in the 2020 election since casting one of the deciding votes last fall to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughLindsey Graham's Faustian bargain Liberal, conservative Supreme Court justices unite in praising Stevens The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment MORE. Before Collins announced she would vote to confirm, King predicted on Twitter that if she did, she would be defeated in the next election.

“It would be unwise for anyone to mistake how angry most Americans are at the way this is being railroaded through,” King tweeted in September.

Gideon, the highest-profile challenger to Collins thus far, formally announced her bid Monday.

“Susan Collins has been in the Senate for 22 years. And at one point maybe she was different than some of the folks in Washington, but she doesn’t seem that way anymore,” Gideon said in a video.