ME-Sen: New Colby College Poll Has Sara Gideon (D) Leading Susan Collins (R) 43-42

Some big news today out of Maine:

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The polarized political climate is taking a toll on Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine), who is facing a competitive race for the first time since she won a Senate seat in 1996, according to a new poll conducted after her closely watched votes in President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.

Some 42% of respondents to a Colby College poll said that they would vote for Ms. Collins in November, compared with 43% who said they would vote for her expected Democratic rival, Sara Gideon, Maine’s House speaker. Ms. Collins won her seat with close to or more than 60% of the vote for each of the past three contests after winning in 1996 with less than 50% of the vote.

“We’re not used to seeing Sen. Collins in a tight race,” said Dan Shea, a Colby professor of government and the lead researcher on the poll. “American politics has 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 poll surveyed 1,008 registered Maine voters from Feb. 10 through Feb. 13. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points. It is the first of a series of polls that Colby and pollster SocialSphere plan to conduct between now and the November elections.

Collins vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh and voting to acquit Trump has caused her to lose a lot of support with women voters. Let’s keep up the momentum and win this race. Click here to donate and get involved with Gideon’s campaign.