What to watch from Susan Collins and others on Day 1 of the Maine GOP convention

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The Maine Republican Party’s state convention begins on Friday in Augusta, with the party saying 1,800 people are ticketed for the event in what should be a good year for them nationally in a midterm election for President Joe Biden, who is suffering from low approval ratings.

Day 1 will be headlined by speeches from US Sen. Susan Collins and Republican National Committee co-chair Tommy Hicks. Former Gov. Paul LePage and the party slate of congressional candidates will be speaking on Saturday.

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