Susan Collins’s Seat Downgraded to ‘Toss-up’

Susan Collins’s Seat Downgraded to ‘Toss-up’


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
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Republican Sen. Susan Collins has long survived in the “purple state” of Maine by exuding a moderate tone.

However, she has become a prime Democratic target since she cast a deciding vote last year to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court following a hearty defense of Kavanaugh after he became the subject of serious charges of sexual misconduct.

And in a fresh sign just how vulnerable Collins may be as she seeks re-election next year, the preeminent nonpartisan Washington political analyst Charlie Cook just changed his rating of the Maine Senate race from “Lean Republican,” to “Toss up.”

“Her poll numbers are TANKING in Maine and her approval rating has dropped to 45%,” Yvette Simpson, CEO of the progressive organization Democracy for America (DFA), wrote in an email to supporters.

DFA is supporting, and fundraising for, Betsy Sweet for the Democratic nomination to take on Collins.

Sweet must face off against Sara Gideon for the Democratic nomination. Gideon is the speaker of the Maine state House of Representatives.

The state primary will be held on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

The winner will run against Collins that fall.

Maine will be certainly be a “must win” state for Democrats next year if they want to take control of the Senate from Republicans.

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