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Maine’s Collins stays mum on pick for GOP nominee

US Senator Susan Collins (left) introduced former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush at a campaign rally in Nashua, N.H., in February.
US Senator Susan Collins (left) introduced former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush at a campaign rally in Nashua, N.H., in February.Brian Snyder/Reuters

A huge number of Republican voters cast ballots in Maine’s caucuses this weekend, but Senator Susan Collins was mum Monday about who got her support.

“Jeb Bush was my candidate…and I’m crestfallen that he’s out of the race,” said Collins after speaking at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute’s Women in Leadership Pathways and Possibilities Conference. “I decided to step back since my candidate did not prevail.”

Asked if she would support Donald Trump should he become the Republican presidential nominee, Collins demurred.

“I’m going to wait and see how this process unfolds,” she said. “It’s very uncertain who the nominee is going to be, although certainly Donald Trump is the front-runner.”

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Trump, who finished second to US Senator Ted Cruz in the Maine caucuses, has been the front-runner for months in the race for the GOP nomination. After losing the Iowa caucuses to Cruz, Trump won the New Hampshire primary, the South Carolina primary, and the Nevada caucuses. On March 1, Trump won seven of 11 Super Tuesday states.

Also present at the Women in Leadership event was US Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts. Warren has not endorsed a candidate in the Democratic race for the White House, and there was no asking her about it on Monday. She exited through a side door.


Akilah Johnson can be reached at akilah.johnson@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @akjohnson1922.