ME-Sen: Quinnipiac's New Poll Has Sara Gideon (D) Beating Susan Collins (R) 54-42

Great news today out of Maine courtesy of Quinnipiac University’s latest poll:

Democrat Sara Gideon leads the race among likely voters for the U.S. Senate in Maine 54 – 42 percentover Republican Senator Susan Collins, who is seeking her fifth term.

Eighty-nine percent of likely voters who selected a candidate in the Senate matchup say their minds aremade up, and 10 percent say they might change their minds before the election.

“The tide has turned on Senator Susan Collins, who was so popular in Maine that she won nearly 70percent of the vote the last time she ran. Likely voters are sending the message that there's no 'middle of theroad' when it comes to President Trump, who is deeply unpopular in the state,” said Quinnipiac UniversityPolling Analyst Mary Snow.

Likely voters give Senator Collins a negative 43 – 51 percent favorability rating, while they give SaraGideon a positive 49 – 37 percent favorability rating.

Likely voters say 49 – 33 percent that Gideon is honest, and say 48 – 42 percent that Collins is honest.
When asked if the candidates care about average people, voters say 60 – 27 percent that Gideon cares andthey say 51 – 44 percent that Collins cares.

Likely voters in Maine say the economy (21 percent) is the most important issue in deciding who to votefor in the U.S. Senate race. The economy is followed by health care (15 percent), law and order (14 percent), thecoronavirus pandemic (13 percent), and the Supreme Court (13 percent).

Voters say 53 – 40 percent that they would want to see the Democratic Party win control of the UnitedStates Senate.

By the way, The Daily Beast predicts that Collins will lose but it’s not because of Trump or Brett Kavanaugh:

This fall, Maine is set to be the only state in the country to choose its president and members of Congress using a process called ranked choice voting. Under that system, voters are instructed to list their candidate preferences in order, effectively offering up a first choice, a second choice, and so on. Those backup picks only come into play if no candidate cracks a majority of votes on the first ballot: that sparks what is essentially an instant runoff election, in which the lowest-performing candidates drop and their supporters’ second choices receive their votes.

Maine Republicans loathe this system and have fought it tooth-and-nail since voters in the state approved its use for federal elections in 2016. But an ongoing legal effort to overturn the system is losing steam, and time, with the November election fast approaching. As Maine emerges as a pivotal battleground for control of the U.S. Senate—and even for the White House—a powerful ally of President Donald Trump has weighed in, joining local Republicans in laying the groundwork for a broader assault on Maine’s wonky voting system.

Earlier this month, Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson devoted an entire segment to the evils of ranked choice voting, declaring that Maine Democrats were “trying to rig the outcome” of the 2020 election through the system. His guest was Dale Crafts, GOP nominee for U.S. House in Maine’s 2nd District.

Let’s keep up the momentum to flip Maine Blue. Click below to donate and get involved with Gideon, Biden and their fellow Maine Democrats campaigns:

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