He announced that he was going to challenge Snowe in the primary. Next thing you know, she decided to retire. Because she would have lost the primary and given him prestige. So she did what she could for the democrats as she always has. Because conservatives to her are odious and causing all the problems in the previously fun, go-along get-along senate.
Snowe was gong to have a primary against a very strong tea party candidate (Scott D”Amboise).
Snowe expected Summers to endorse her prior to the primary. He indicated he would not.
She then chose to not run for re-election. Charlie was the first of 5 to file papers for the primary.
As a result a lot of old money in the state stayed away, Snowe did not endorse him even after the primary.
Nobody I know has come forth to challenge Collins yet.
The talk in Republican circles is geared at getting Gov Lepage re-elected. There is an undercurrrent of discontent with Collins voting record.
As we have seen with the King, Cutler, Snowe events in the recent past, things here in Maine can change overnight.