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PoliticsDemocratic challenger to Susan Collins announces Senate bid

01:05  14 june  2019
01:05  14 june  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Former Maine gubernatorial candidate Betsy Sweet announced Thursday she is challenging Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) for her Senate seat.

Sweet, who has directed the Maine Women's Lobby and the Maine Commission for Women, expressed support for abortion rights, health care for all and fighting climate change in her announcement speech.

"Our division isn't between our neighbors on the left and right," she said in the speech, according to prepared remarks. "The division is between us and them - between working people and the rich and powerful elite who are lining the pockets of politicians and putting the needs of Maine families at the bottom of the list."

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She was endorsed by the progressive group Democracy for America, whose CEO Yvette Simpson called Sweet "the kind of bold leader who can harness the grassroots energy that's been growing in Maine for years," in a statement.

Collins, who is in her fourth term, is one of two GOP senators running for reelection in a state Hillary Clinton carried in 2016. A moderate, she is considered by many to be hard to beat.

But she came under fire for her vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last year amid fears a conservative majority on the Court would threaten Roe v. Wade. She's become a target of progressive groups for that judicial vote and others, though last month she spoke out against the restrictive abortion laws being passed in states across the U.S.

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The Cook Political Report rates her race as leaning Republican, putting her in a more vulnerable category than most Republican senators up for reelection, though in safer territory than Sens. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).

Other Democrats have entered or are also mulling a challenge to Collins, with State House Speaker Sara Gideon (D) seen as the likeliest Collins challenger.

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