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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has endorsed Maine's Shenna Bellows in her bid for the U.S. Senate.
Senator Michael Bennet, chairman of the DSCC, issued a statement endorsing Bellows in her bid to unseat Collins, saying, "Shenna Bellows has spent her career fighting for the people of Maine and is the type of leader we need in the U.S. Senate. Shenna is an energetic leader who has fought for women's rights, civil rights, individual freedoms, environmental protections, and an economy that works for everyone. She has the values and vision to always do what's best for Mainers."
Incumbent Republican Susan Collins is running for re-election in this fall's midterms. The Collins for Senator campaign on March 6 submitted nominating petitions with the Maine Secretary of State's office. The petition signatures were formally accepted and filed by the Secretary's office, officially placing Senator Collins' name on the ballot, her campaign announced.
Bellows, according to a DSCC press release, "is the daughter of a carpenter and former head of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. Bellows has built her campaign around middle class values, work ethic and political courage," the press release stated.
In the last quarter, Bellows outraised Susan Collins with more than 80 percent of her contributions coming from small dollar donors, the DSCC reported.
Collins is the first candidate for U.S. Senate in Maine to qualify for the ballot this cycle, filing the mandatory 2,000 certified signatures by March 17.
Collins for Senator Co-Chairman Merton G. Henry said a strong volunteer effort helped with the early completion of the signature gathering process.
"Volunteers in all 16 counties collected signatures in communities across the state," said Henry. "This process is an early test of our field organization. The fact that the task was completed so quickly, and before we have even opened a campaign office, shows the strength of our volunteer network. We were pleased with the tremendous response and Senator Collins truly appreciates the work that her volunteers put in on this effort."
The campaign noted that Senator Collins recently was named to Elle Magazine's Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Washington. The Elle "global network" includes, according to the magazine website, the world's No. 1 fashion magazine, 44 editions across 60 or more countries and 23 million readers globally.
Collins faces a primary challenger who hopes to knock her off the fall ballot on June 10.
On Monday, Erick Bennett for U.S. Senate officially declared a write-in candidacy for the Republican nomination with the state Bureau of Elections.
"Winning a write-in for this primary will be easy because the media is telling everyone Susan Collins is unopposed so all we have to do is turn our people out on June 10th and we will walk away with the nomination," Bennett reported. "Her people won't even vote because they won't think they have to and winning the nomination automatically puts us on the ballot for November."
In 2008, Senator Collins was re-elected to the U.S. Senate with 62 percent of the vote, as she won 97 percent of Maine's 498 cities and towns and all of Maine's 16 counties, her campaign noted.