Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins has said she will not be endorsing Donald Trump in 2024, even if the former president secures the Republican Party’s nomination.
However, Collins also said she will not be endorsing former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley — Trump’s last-remaining rival in the 2024 Republican primary.
When asked Wednesday if she could see herself endorsing Trump if he wins the nomination, Collins said “I do not at this point,” the Hill reported Wednesday.
Collins’ statement comes on the heels of Trump securing an 11-point victory over Nikki Haley in Tuesday’s New Hampshire Primary.
“I’m glad to hear last night that Nikki Haley is determined to stay in [the race.] I think the more people see of her, particularly since she appears to be the only alternative to Donald Trump right now, the more impressed they will be,” Collins told the Hill.
According to the Hill, Collins said she will not endorse Haley because of her friendships with the other Republican primary candidates, including former Vice President Mike Pence, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and that she “didn’t want to choose among them.”
Sen. Collins, who is the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the ranking Republican on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, was one of seven Senators to vote to convict Trump during his second impeachment trial in early 2021 on the charge of inciting an insurrection.
That said, in late December Collins joined Maine independent Sen. Angus King and Democratic Congressman Jared Golden in opposing Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’ decision to disqualify Trump from appearing on Maine’s 2024 Republican primary ballot.