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A rare Republican, Sen. Collins remains optimistic

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is alone in a political class facing extinction. She is one of just two congressional Republicans left in New England. And she's the only one up for re-election in 2014. Yet, the three-term senator personifies the moderation that national Republicans say is necessary for the party's survival. As the GOP shifted right in recent years,...

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