With more Republican Congress members exiting federal politics, or politics altogether, in 2019 than in recent years, some are concerned about potentially losing a Senate majority in 2020.
To combat this possibility, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) just announced her reelection campaign to keep her seat. This would be her fifth term in a Senate seat that has been hers since 1996. Her seat is coveted by Democrats looking to obtain a Senate majority in 2020.
Collins announced her intentions in a recent email sent to her supporters. In it she wrote:
“I promised the people of Maine a decision this fall on whether I would seek reelection. The fundamental question I had to ask myself in making my decision was this: in today’s polarized political environment, is there still a role for a centrist who believes in getting things done through compromise, collegiality, and bipartisanship? I have concluded that the answer to this question is ‘yes,’ and I will, therefore, seek the honor of continuing to serve as Maine’s United States Senator.”
Collins prides herself on being a bipartisan Senator, though her loyalty is to the Republican party. According to the most recent FEC reports, Collins has raised $7 million for her campaign going into next year.
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