Angus King

GOP's Susan Collins to stay in Senate, ditches governor run

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins announced Friday that she won't run for governor because she believes she can do more good by remaining in Washington, where she serves as an important swing vote.

Her announcement was welcomed by supporters who view her as an important check on President Donald Trump, with whom she's crossed on the GOP's health care proposal.

"My voice and vote really matter in Washington right now. The Senate is closely divided and I am able to make a difference," Collins, 64, told The Associated Press after a local chamber breakfast.

Speculation about Collins' political future has been swirling for more than a year in her home state,...