By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2020

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The leading Democrat seeking to take on veteran Republican Sen. Susan Collins voted for former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday in Maine’s presidential primary.

Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon chose Biden over the rest of the field, a campaign spokesperson said. Collins, for her part, has said she voted early via absentee ballot, but declined to disclose if she voted for President Donald Trump, who was the only Republican on the ballot.

Biden is the candidate “most able to bring the country together and to look into the future to address all the challenges we face,” Gideon told the Bangor Daily News.

Other candidates in the Senate race include lobbyist Betsy Sweet, lawyer Bre Kidman and former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse. Sweet and Kidman endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders while LaJeunesse did not issue an endorsement. LaJeunesse said Tuesday he voted for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Gideon’s endorsed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and is far ahead of her Democratic opponents in fundraising.



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