Susan Collins Keeps Her Senate Seat, Staves Off Democrat Sara Gideon

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) defeated Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon (D) in a consequential race for Republicans as they fight for the U.S. Senate majority in the 2020 election.

Collins, a 24-year incumbent and the Senate?s longest-sitting Republican woman, announced her reelection victory from a hotel in Bangor at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, saying Gideon had just called her to concede.

?I have news to report to you. I just received a very gracious call from Sara Gideon conceding the race,? Collins said. ?I want to publicly thank Sara for her call. We had a good talk, and I very much appreciated her taking the time to call.?

Collins discussed her campaign experience, saying she visited 80 communities in the state?s 16 counties during her recent tour. ?I feel that this has been affirmation of the work that I?m doing in Washington to fight hard every day for the people of Maine.?

Collins throughout her campaign highlighted her role in supporting Maine workers through crafting the federal Paycheck Protection Program, which ended up fueling Maine?s small businesses with more than $2 billion in forgivable loans amid the coronavirus economic crash earlier this year.

?Let me say what an extraordinary honor it is to represent the great state of Maine and to know that I will have the opportunity to serve all of Maine for the next six years,?