LISTEN: With Maine Sen. Susan Collins' Win, Dem's Shot At Senate Control Dwindles
Sen. Susan Collins is keeping her job. In a big victory for New England Republicans, the Associated Press called the race for Collins Wednesday afternoon. Democrats hoped challenger Sara Gideon, speaker of Maine’s House of Representatives, would flip the seat, increasing their chance at winning control of the Senate.
"I feel like this is an affirmation of the work that I've been doing in Washington to fight for the people of Maine every day," Collins told a cheering crowd in Bangor, Maine.
Collins clinched her fifth term after a tough campaign and a record $200 million in spending.