Susan Collins Overtakes Mitch McConnell As The Nation’s Most Unpopular Senator
A national survey released Thursday found that U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine had the highest disapproval rating of any senator in 2019’s last quarter, as she enters a campaign for a fifth term, according to Bangor Daily News.
Collins once polled as Maine’s most popular politician and won her 2014 race with more than two-thirds of votes, but her decision to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 kicked off a Democratic campaign against her.
According to Advertising Analytics, the senator’s reelection bid has already seen the most fundraising of any Maine race ever with an unprecedented amount of early ad spending, sitting at $10 million in TV ads in 2019 alone. A projected $55 million will be spent on ads over the course of the race.
Since President Trump took office, Collins’ approval rating has sunk. In the first quarter of 2017, the Maine senator registered a 67 percent approval rating. In the final quarter of 2019, according to Morning Consult, her approval rating stood at 42 percent.
Collins overtook Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) for the highest disapproval rating, at 52 percent.
Democrats will attempt to reclaim the Senate from Republicans in the 2020 cycle and Collins’ seat in liberal-leaning Maine is one of the few Republican-held seats in Democratic-leaning states.
Democrats will face a four-way primary in June featuring House Speaker Sara Gideon of Freeport, Hallowell lobbyist Betsy Sweet, former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse of Biddeford, and Saco lawyer Bre Kidman with at least three other potential candidates collecting signatures to run as independents.