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KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - With Labor Day approaching, candidates in Maine's U.S. Senate race are talking jobs and issues facing workers.

Both Republican incumbent Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows plan to attend events marking Labor Day this weekend.

Attention in that race is also turning to endorsements. Bellows recently received the support of the largest union at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the Metal Trades Council.

" I am a relatively new challenger and I think it's a sign that they see my commitment to workers and the fact that I will fight for workers in Washington", said Bellows.

The endorsement isn't surprising since organized labor typically supports Democrats.

Today it was Republican Susan Collins' turn to stand at the gates of the Shipyard in Kittery as she picked up the support of three other unions at the yard.

"I am so glad that they are able to look beyond the incredible partisanship that has afflicted Washington and has caused so much gridlock", she said.

Labor Day starts the real push towards the home stretch of the election season. As people get back into their routines they tend to focus more attention on the races and the candidates.

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