Maine Sen. Susan Collins (R) appears to be on the verge of a blowout loss in her bid to keep her Senate seat, with a new poll showing that her overall approval rating in her home state has hit a new low and voters say they’re ready to see her replaced.
A new survey from the Bangor Daily Mail shows that only 37 percent of voters in Maine say they approve of the job Collins is doing as senator, with 52 percent saying they disapprove of her performance.
Collins has seen her support steadily erode over the past several months. Last fall, her approval rating stood at 42 percent, but has fallen yet again.
The same poll, The Hill reports, shows that other Maine officials scored significantly higher than Collins, who has been in the Senate since 1996:
“Gov. Janet Mills (D) saw her approval rating rise from 47 points last fall to 60 points in the latest BDN/Critical Insights poll, while Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) remained popular with the support of 59 percent of voters.”
Residents of Maine also sounded a pessimistic note in the Daily Mail poll, with 57 percent saying they expect the economy to be worse next year. That’s an increase of 25 points over the 32 percent who said last fall they saw a rocky economy in the future.
Ed Kilgore of New York notes that Collins is facing a tide of resentment for her votes to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and acquit President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial:
“Yeah, 37/52 is pretty bad, and unlike state officials she’s not in a great position to make herself look good on coronavirus response issues, remaining in the shadow of her party’s not terribly popular president. As my colleague Rebecca Traister noted in a profile of the Maine senator earlier earlier this year, Collins may have run out of luck and time.”
Republicans currently hold a 53-47 seat advantage in the U.S. Senate, but GOP incumbents in Arizona, Colorado, and North Carolina could shift the balance of power in the upper chamber of Congress.
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