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Susan Collins Seen As Sliding A Bit in Maine

April 3, 2020

Maine U.S. Senator Susan Collins’s re-election odds don’t seem as good as they once were to one set of political analysts.

Her race is now rated a “toss-up” by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, which previously said the race “leans Republican.”

“We’ve resisted this change for a while, but it’s become apparent to us that Collins is in for a very close race, even if she may retain a lead at this precise moment,” the Center for Politics said in an article published on its web site Thursday, April 2.

Collins is running for a fifth term. Her likely opponent is the Democratic speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, Sara Gideon.

Collins is set to appear on the state’s general election ballot in November alongside President Donald Trump, who lost Maine by 3 percentage points in 2016 but won a single Electoral College vote in the state’s largely rural Second Congressional District.

Collins says she did not vote for Trump in 2016, and it is unclear if she will end up endorsing his re-election bid.

Democrats have targeted her partly because Maine tilts slightly Democratic and partly because of her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in October 2018.

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