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Tue Oct 9, 2018, 07:57 AM

Democrats Lining Up To Consider Challenging Susan Collins In 2020

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — She is not on the ballot this fall, yet the fight over Susan Collins’ political future is already raging.

Interest in the Maine Republican senator’s 2020 re-election has exploded in the days since she cast the deciding vote to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick — a vote that helped transform the balance of power on the nation’s high court for a generation and suddenly complicates Collins’ path to a fifth term.

Half a dozen Democratic prospects are openly considering running against the Republican political powerhouse, while an online fund has generated $3.6 million — and counting — for Collins’ ultimate Democratic challenger. The would-be candidates include Susan Rice, who had been one of President Barack Obama’s closest aides.

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Many may try.

The Democrats’ prospect list is topped by Rep. Chellie Pingree, who Collins defeated once already, back in 2002. Maine Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon also hinted at a potential run. Other potential prospects include former state house speaker Emily Cain, state attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills, and liberal activist Betsy Sweet. Three men, current Democratic Senate nominee Zak Ringelstein, state Rep. Seth Berry and Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling, said they’re more interested in supporting a female candidate than running themselves. (read more)
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