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BREAKING: A Trump Republican says he’ll challenge Susan Collins from the right in 2020

“Not only does Susan Collins’ eventual Democratic opponent already have millions of dollars stockpiled, she’s now garnering primary challenges from the right,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “After years of increasingly transparent pandering to everyone under the sun, it’s clear that Mainers have caught on. Collins is in trouble for 2020.”

Bangor Daily News: A Trump Republican says he’ll challenge Susan Collins from the right in 2020
By Michael Shepherd | March 25, 2019

  • “A conservative blogger has announced that he’ll run a Republican primary against U.S. Sen. Susan Collins as she approaches a 2020 re-election race promising to be one of the more competitive ones in a year with a difficult map for Democrats.”
  • “He is Derek Levasseur, a blogger and former police officer from Fairfield who said in a Facebook post that he will run after Collins joined 11 other Republican senators to oppose President Donald Trump’s border emergency declaration.”
  • “Levassaur says he’ll back Trump’s ‘America First policies’ and his run shows lingering resentment toward Collins among conservatives, even if he doesn’t begin as a serious threat to the senator. He’ll have to deal with being a relative unknown and a 2012 incident — no longer on his record — in which he was charged with assaulting four people, including a daughter.”
  • “Since then, he has joined the arch-conservative Republican state committee and interviewed party candidates during the 2018 elections. Levasseur has been particularly active in politics since 2017. His Facebook channel has more than 4,000 followers, he filmed interviews with several Republican candidates in the 2018 elections, he serves on the Maine Republican Party’s state committee and has volunteered on party campaigns.”
  • “When U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe announced her retirement in 2012, she was being challenged in a primary by Scott D’Amboise, who was also a relative unknown.”

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