Sen. Collins to announce Friday morning if she'll run for governor

*UPDATE* 10/11 2p – Collins' office confirmed Wednesday the senator would announce her decision Friday morning in Rockport.

The announcement will take place at the Penobscot Regional Chamber of Commerce business breakfast. Her speech starts at 8 a.m. (A previous version of this story indicated the speech would begin at 8:20 a.m. But the Senator's office has clarified the earlier start time.)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sen. Susan Collins' office says she'll make an announcement on Friday about whether she'll run for governor of Maine.

The moderate Republican was first elected in 1996 and has played a pivotal role in the Senate in recent debates about health care policy. She said previously that she would decide during the Senate's weeklong Columbus Day recess whether to stay in Washington or run for governor.

Collins feels tug of Maine throughout decision-making process

Collins' office did not say where the senator would make the much-anticipated announcement.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage is term-limited, and the election to replace him is in 2018.

Mainers disagree whether Collins should run for governor

LePage is an ally of President Donald Trump, whom Collins has publicly criticized in the past. LePage and Collins have also disagreed about the best path forward on health care.

© 2017 Associated Press


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