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Trump expresses support for Susan Collins in competitive Senate race

Trump expresses support for Susan Collins in competitive Senate race
© Aaron Schwartz

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE on Monday expressed support for Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him GOP blocks effort to make payroll tax deferral optional for federal workers COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks 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 GrahamBiden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country The Memo: Harris moves signal broad role as VP Former US attorney asks for probe of allegations Graham pressured Georgia official 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 ClintonHillary and Chelsea Clinton to host series based on their book 'Gutsy Women' Democrats see spike in turnout among Asian American, Pacific Islander voters Biden officially announces ex-Obama official Brian Deese as top economic adviser 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 KavanaughSupreme Court sees new requests for religious COVID-19 carve-outs For Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court upholds religious liberty COVID-19: Justice Alito overstepped judicial boundaries 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."