Report: More Than 60% Of Maine’s Women Voters Disapprove Of Susan Collins
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) was neck and neck with Democratic challenger Sara Gideon in the most recent Colby College poll of Maine voters, but one group in particular appears to be cooling off to the Republican senator: women.
Salon noted that “Collins won past elections with more than 60% of women supporting her candidacy” — and to date, she has never lost reelection — but this year, that could change.
“More than 60% oppose Collins in the latest poll, and just 25% of women under 50 support her,” the publication reported.
Collins’ loss of support among women is likely tied primarily to her vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation process was plagued by allegations of past sexual assault.
Kavanaugh was confirmed as President Trump’s second Supreme Court Justice in 2018, and Collins’ vote in his favor angered many.
“Democrats and allied groups have spent millions on ads targeting Collins' seat since the vote, which prompted a massive crowdfunding effort in support of her eventual challenger,” Salon noted. And now, “Gideon has outraised Collins in each of the last two quarters.”
The waning support for Collins, among women and other groups, is hardly surprising: She overtook Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as the nation’s most unpopular senator, a Morning Consult poll found last month.