Sen. Susan Collins Will Not Run for Governor of Maine

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The pull of legacy and a chance to take the reins of state government were not enough to convince Republican U.S. Sen.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) flanked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on the right.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins is set to announce whether she will stay in the U.S. Senate or run for governor of her home state of Maine.

Contemplating whether to give up her seniority in the United States Senate and the influence it grants, has been a major factor in her decision.

"This decision has not been an easy one", she said.

"I am a congenital optimist, and I continue to believe that Congress can - and will - be more productive".

Collins, who is serving her fourth term in the Senate, said in her home state of ME that though Congress is marred with dysfunction, she ultimately decided that she had much left to accomplish on Capitol Hill.

Collins' announcement was met with a standing ovation by the crowd.

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Collins has made headlines during GOP-led efforts to repeal and replace the health care law commonly called Obamacare for voting against her party's stance.

The 64-year-old Collins has been weighing for months whether she'd make a bigger impact in the Senate or by launching a bid to become the first woman to serve as Maine's governor. Though she lost that race, she said she was still drawn to the ability of a governor to have a direct and immediate effect on people's lives by creating jobs and spurring economic development.

Collins grew up in Caribou, in far northern Maine.

The Maine Republican made her announcement in the coastal Maine town of Rockport, at a Penobscot County Chamber of Commerce breakfast. She would have been the clear front-runner in a governor's race now filled with lesser known candidates.

She's not afraid to buck her party.

Had Collins chose to run for governor she would have joined a crowded field to replace two-term Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who can not run again because of term limits.

And many Mainers have strong opinions about what Collins should do.

A Collins governorship could have arguably reversed that trend.

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