WASHINGTON — The calls began pouring in even before Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, bounded onto a makeshift stage in a snowy parking lot in Bangor to declare victory in a race she was supposed to have lost.
Republicans who had privately fretted about her demise offered hearty congratulations, professing to have always known she would survive.
The question is how Ms. Collins, who has long held sway as one of the few swing votes in a narrowly divided Senate, will use that power.
She has drawn brutal criticism in the past for courting compromise, only to ultimately side with the Republican Party line.
Now with Republicans bent on blocking any policy accomplishments by a Biden administration, Ms. Collins will be under immense pressure from both sides for her pivotal vote.
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