Susan Collins is used to winning her Senate races in Maine pretty handily. The Senator has won four elections dating back to 1996. In her 2014 race, she defeated Democratic opponent Shenna Bellows by close to 37% and carried every county in the state.
The long serving Senator was most likely shocked, then, when a Colby College poll showed her down to likely opponent Sara Gideon. The poll also showed Collins rapidly losing ground with women voters as they favored Gideon by 13%.
Collins had at times, been willing to fight Donald Trump as she voted against the repeal of the Affordable Care Acts. Her decisions to side with the President on the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination and her refusal to hear from witnesses in the Impeachment trial may be sinking her numbers.
Colby professor Dan Shea said, “We’re not used to seeing Sen. Collins in a close race. American politics have taken a dramatic turn in the last four to six years, and the broader question is whether or not the nationalization of American politics has spread to Maine as well.”
The professor also explained Collins’ trouble with female voters. “She is hemorrhaging women voters,” he said. “We weren’t quite sure the impact that the Kavanaugh vote would have on her brand, but it really popped up in this poll.
You can look at the full results of the poll here