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Posted August 28. 2014 1:57PM

NYT: Unlike Shaheen, Maine's Collins one of the few Senators willing to defy party line to serve constituency

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Senators willing to buck their parties have decreased in part because of departures. The retirements of Ms. Collins’s former Maine colleague Olympia Snowe, a Republican, and Democrats such as Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Evan Bayh of Indiana removed from the Senate people willing to cross party lines. Others, like Scott Brown, a Republican from Massachusetts who is seeking a return to the Senate this year (this time from New Hampshire), were defeated in re-election bids.