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 CollinsSenate Republicans face tough decision on replacing Ginsburg Democratic senator calls for eliminating filibuster, expanding Supreme Court if GOP fills vacancy What Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies 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 KavanaughProgressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy Senate Republicans face tough decision on replacing Ginsburg Trump reacts to Ginsburg's death: 'An amazing woman who led an amazing life' 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.