Sen. Susan Collins squeezed in some last-minute campaigning in the Midcoast Friday, Oct. 30, with 11 stops at area small businesses.

In Waldo County, Collins visited Tozier’s Market and Anglers Restaurant in Searsport, talking with supporters, owners and employees.

Arriving a little past her anticipated 4:05 p.m. scheduled stop at Tozier’s, she said she would have visited six counties and 11 businesses by the time she got home tonight. A small group of supporters met her in the parking lot as she disembarked from her touring bus.

Collins said it was important for her to visit people in their hometowns and added, “It’s so much fun. We’ve logged 5,000 miles on our campaign bus.”

“It’s great to talk to the small-business owners to hear their ability to pay employees” using the Paycheck Protection Program, she said, a program she had a role in designing.

“So many people have told me the PPP has made the difference between going out of business” and survival, she said.

When asked what she would do to protect women’s reproductive rights now that Justice Amy Coney Barrett has been confirmed, and with the Supreme Court seemingly poised to overturn Roe vs. Wade, Collins said she disagreed with the premise the decision would be overturned.

Owner Dale Tozier said Collins had stopped at his market six years ago, along with her "big bus." He said he was a long-time Collins supporter and had taken advantage of the PPP, along with many other small businesses in the area.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, Collins will hit the trail again, stopping at several small businesses in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.