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GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine set a personal fundraising record after casting the decisive vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in October 2018.
The Maine Republican will stand for re-election in 2020. Democrats hope that race will be one of the marquee contests of the cycle.
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“We made an effort to have a strong quarter because we wanted to send the message that Senator Collins will be prepared to run a vigorous campaign in 2020,” Collins’ deputy treasurer Amy Abbott told the Bangor Daily News, which was first to report on the senator’s fundraising surge.
Collins raised $1.8 million in the closing months of 2018 — most of which came from out-of-state donors — an improvement on her prior personal record of $1.2 million in the second quarter of 2007.
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The senator, who kept her intentions closely held throughout the confirmation process, announced her support of Kavanaugh’s nomination in a dramatic floor speech on Oct. 5, 2018. As most other lawmakers had already committed to supporting or opposing the nomination, Kavanaugh’s confirmation was contingent on Collins’ decision.
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