With $2 million dollars pledged to whomever her 2020 opponent might be, many were hoping Collins would listen with her wallet if not with her heart.
Spokeswoman Annie Clark was quick to nip that idea in the bud:
“Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination. Threats or other attempts to bully her will not play a factor in her decision making whatsoever.”
Now, people are considering her endorsement of Kavanaugh to all but confirm that she won’t be seeking reelection in 2020.
However, not running against an incumbent Senator would only be an advantage for Rice, especially if funds raised against Collins’ opponent are still given to Democratic candidates in Maine. But as has become the norm, no election is certain.
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