Democrats eager to link Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins with President Donald Trump in her reelection race have begun posting campaign-style “Trump/Collins” signs in Maine.
They’re similar to the traditional “Trump/Pence” signs touting the Republican presidential ticket of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. In this case, Trump’s name is on top and Collins’ name is underneath, both in red letters against a blue background.
At the bottom: “Paid for by the Maine Democratic Party.”
It’s a good move. Especially since voters still remember this:
Even as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushes to confirm Trump’s next pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the fight over the last vacancy is continuing to shape the race for the Senate.
“Normally I am hesitant to ascribe too much to one particular vote that a legislator takes,” University of Maine political scientist Mark Brewer said in a recent interview. “I think in this particular instance, her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh really has gotten the attention of a lot of people.”
The Kavanaugh vote fits in with two other dynamics that Brewer has seen shape the race: Trump’s deep unpopularity in the state and Maine’s growing polarization.
But remember, Maine implemented ranked voting which could also have an impact on Collins race against Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon (D. ME):
To someone not familiar with the process, it sounds complex. But Cara McCormick, co-founder of the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting, says it is something with which most of us are familiar.
“We rank choices in our everyday life all the time,” she says. “We're always saying, you know, 'If they don't have the mint chocolate chip ice cream, can you please get me the rocky road?' ” In terms of voting, “It allows people to really express their full range of opinions and preferences about all of the candidates running. And it's definitely working for us in Maine. And I think it's definitely encouraging more positive campaigns.”
The ballot voters will use is pretty straightforward, says Kathleen Montejo, city clerk in Lewiston, Maine.
But Democrats aren’t taking this race for granted. Former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) went to Maine to campaign for Gideon and Joe Biden:
Warren added she thinks Sara Gideon is the right person for Mainers to elect to hold Susan Collins accountable.“It's hard to take on an incumbent and it's a real uphill fight no matter what but I think Sara Gideon is exactly the person to do it and that's partly because she's here to talk about Susan Collins' record,” Warren said.When asked why Gideon is the one to unseat Collins, Warren said, “I like Sara's genuine independence.”When asked why she is supporting and campaigning for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris she said it comes down to healthcare.“Right now we are in the middle of a pandemic that has already killed more than 210,000 of our fellow Americans and to this day Donald Trump has no plan. I want Joe Biden to be President because I know that he will come in and get this virus under control,” Warren said.
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