Maine’s GOP governor: Collins ‘unlikely’ to win gubernatorial primary

Maine’s GOP governor: Collins ‘unlikely’ to win gubernatorial primary
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) says Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGrassley: No reason to delay Kavanaugh hearing Dem senators back Kavanaugh accuser's call for FBI investigation CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Ford: ‘Mr. President, refer to her by her name’ MORE (R-Maine) would be “highly unlikely” to win the GOP gubernatorial primary if she decides to run for governor.

"I will say this right away. I do firmly believe deep down in my heart that Susan Collins, in order to become the governor of the state of Maine, will have to run as an independent, and she's highly unlikely to win a Republican primary," LePage said in an interview with Maine's WGAN news radio, first highlighted by Politico

Collins has said she is considering a run to be her state’s governor and will make a decision by the end of September. She is not up for reelection for the Senate until 2020.

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If Collins won the general election for governor, LePage would pick her successor. His term as governor ends in 2018.

LePage, though, predicted that if Collins gets through the GOP primary "she wins." 

Collins, a moderate Republican, bucked her party earlier this summer, voting against a bill to repeal ObamaCare. Collins cited the bill’s deep cuts to Medicaid.

LePage hit Collins for her vote.

"Let's see her fix Medicaid, let her do a better job than I did in trying to get our accounts balanced and get this state under fiscal responsibility,” he said. “She has no idea what she's stepping into when it comes to Medicaid expansion.

"She really has no idea, she's doing exactly what Angus KingAngus Stanley KingRestoring our national parks would be a bipartisan win for Congress Restore our parks Renaming Senate office building after McCain sparks GOP backlash MORE did, and look at the mess he left me," he added.

Collins previously ran for governor and lost in 1994 to now Sen. Angus King (I-Maine).