Whenever there is a close controversial vote, democrats normally hold out hope that Maine senator, Susan Collins, will vote with them. She did cross the aisle to vote against the repeal of Obamacare in July of 2017. She broke liberal hearts, however, when she voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in October of 2018.
That Kavanaugh vote, while it pleased the GOP, may have done the senator more harm than good. According to a new poll from Critical Insights, Collins’ Maine approval rating has dipped 17 points since last spring.
The rating has fallen by 10% since Collins made her critical vote last fall. The Maine senator will be up for reelection in 2020 and her seat is seen as a critical target for democrats.
When asked for reasons behind the fall, Critical Insights’ president, Bob Domine, said:
“If I had to speculate on a single factor underlying this slip in Collin’s approval rating, it would be her pivotal vote in Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. Her approval was both strong and steady prior to her vote last fall, and it has continued to slip since then.”
Donald Trump is very unpopular in Collins’ home state of Maine. The president is currently polling at a 58% disapproval rating in the state compared to just a 34% approval rate.
It is not currently known who Collins’ 2020 democratic opponent may be. Former ambassador, Susan Rice, had hinted that she might take on Collins but at this point, that seems unlikely. According to the Bangor Daily News, the most likely opponent for Collins is Maine House Speaker, Sara Gideon.
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