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Susan Collins says a ‘final decision’ on another run will come closer to 2020

Senator Susan Collins of Maine said she will make a “final decision” on whether to seek another term closer to 2020.
Senator Susan Collins of Maine said she will make a “final decision” on whether to seek another term closer to 2020.(Elise Amendola/Associated Press/File 2018)

PORTLAND, Maine — Senator Susan Collins is reiterating her intention to seek reelection but she says her ‘‘final decision’’ won’t be made until closer to 2020.

Collins, Republican of Maine, said Thursday that she remains focused on her job in the Senate as Congress enters a new year.

Critics have vowed to make Collins pay a political price for her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court.

Collins said she won’t be intimidated by the crowd-sourced funding campaign against her.

She was first elected to the Senate in 1996, and won her last election by 37 points in 2014.

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Her spokeswoman, Annie Clark, said her staff has ‘‘begun laying the ground work and are preparing to run a vigorous campaign’’ should she choose to run.