Trump expresses support for Susan Collins in competitive Senate race

Trump expresses support for Susan Collins in competitive Senate race
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE on Monday expressed support for Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsUnemployment debate sparks GOP divisions Obama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements Senate GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy  MORE (R-Maine) as she faces a contentious Senate race next year. 

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Trump tweeted "I agree 100%" in response to a tweet from Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Campaign Report: Even the Post Office is political now | Primary action tonight | Super PACS at war Graham leads Democratic challenger Harrison by 1 point in South Carolina: poll The Global Fragility Act provides the tools to address long-term impacts of COVID MORE (R-S.C.) that praised Collins. 

"My friend @SenSusanCollins showed unbelievable courage during Justice Kavanaugh's confirmation and at other times when our country has needed a steady voice," Graham wrote last week. 

"We need her to ensure a GOP majority in 2020. Please support her today," he added, including a link to the Collins campaign's donation page. 

Collins last week officially announced her reelection bid in Maine, a state that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Even the Post Office is political now | Primary action tonight | Super PACS at war Should Biden consider a veteran for vice president? Biden leads Trump by nearly 40 points in California: poll MORE won in 2016.

The senator has been a key swing vote on several issues and was one of three Republicans who voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act. However, she voted with her fellow Republicans in favor of Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMcConnell has 17-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Kavanaugh urged Supreme Court to avoid decisions on Trump finances, abortion: report MORE's controversial Supreme Court confirmation, drawing ire from some on the left. 

She faces reelection next year in a race that the Cook Political Report has rated as a "toss-up."