Sen. Susan Collins declares victory after Sara Gideon concedes Senate race

Republican incumbent Sen. Susan Collins declared victory Wednesday afternoon after she said Democrat Sara Gideon called to concede the race.
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Published: Nov. 4, 2020 at 1:58 PM EST
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - After going to bed with a lead, but not a win, Senator Susan Collins was able to give a victory speech Wednesday afternoon.

Supporters gathering outside a Bangor hotel for the COVID compliant event.

Collins said she had heard from Democratic challenger Sara Gideon who conceded just before 1pm.

Throughout the campaign, most polls had Gideon as the favorite, but Collins said the numbers they had internally, which ended up holding true, told a different story.

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Collins noted this was a historic win.

Since Mainers started directly electing Senators about 100 years ago, she’s the first to win a fifth term.

Gideon said in a concession speech Wednesday that she believes "Mainers in every corner of this state are ready to continue to work together to make a difference.

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Gideon sought to link Collins with Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, arguing it was time for a change.

She made health care and judicial appointments a big part of her campaign. Collins touts herself as a centrist who’s willing to work with both parties.

The race was one of the most hotly contested and most closely watched Senate races in the country.

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