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 TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE on Monday expressed support for Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsKaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Romney: 'It's very likely I'll be in favor of witnesses' in Trump impeachment trial Schumer: Trump's team made case for new witnesses 'even stronger' 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 GrahamSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president 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 ClintonKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Des Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee 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 KavanaughDemocrats Manchin, Jones signal they're undecided on Trump removal vote Collins walks impeachment tightrope Supreme Court sharply divided over state aid for religious schools 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."