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Susan Collins of Maine Now Least Popular Senator in United States in Home State

January 17, 2020

Susan Collins, who once enjoyed high favorability ratings in Maine, is now the least popular U.S. senator in her own state in the country.

Morning Consult reports that in the final quarter of 2019, Collins’s approval rating stood at 42 percent while her disapproval rating was 52 percent.

The finding is ominous for Collins, a Republican who is running in the November 2020 election for what would be her fifth term in the U.S. Senate.

Democrats are targeting Collins because President Donald Trump lost Maine statewide to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, and because Collins provided a key vote in favor of confirming now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Collins, one of the most left-leaning Republicans in the Senate, also has been pressured by both sides in the continuing impeachment of Trump, as the Bangor Daily News points out.

In 2014, Collins easily won reelection with 68.5 percent of the vote. She even earned the endorsement that year of fellow Maine Senator Angus King, an Independent who caucuses with the Democratic Party.

Advertising Analytics predicts there will be more than $55 million spent on ads over the course of Collins’s re-election race.

In 2014, Collins easily won reelection with 68.5 percent of the vote. She even earned the endorsement that year of fellow Maine Senator Angus King, an Independent who caucuses with the Democratic Party.

Republicans hold a slim majority in the U.S. Senate. Collins’s race is one of those that may tip the balance toward one party or the other.

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