Maine voters are ready to vote Republican Sen. Susan Collins out of office, according to a new poll.
Research firm RMG Research, Inc. found that 48% of registered voters in Maine currently back Democratic challenger Sara Gideon over incumbent Collins, who has 41% support. There is some wiggle room for Collins to mount a comeback against the state House speaker, however, with 11% of registered voters remaining undecided.
The firm asked 500 registered voters in Maine from July 27 through Aug. 2.
Much of the GOP’s hopes of holding the Senate after the November elections rests on Collins fighting off Gideon, who Democratic groups from around the country have pledged millions toward.
Polls over the last several months have consistently shown Collins trailing Gideon. A Colby College survey from July found 44% of respondents backing Gideon, with 39% supporting Collins.
Democrats need to flip three to four GOP-held seats to win a Senate majority and have locked onto the states of Colorado, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, and Maine as their best chances.
Collins, first elected in 1996, is seeing her most difficult race since entering politics. Last month, she called for 16 debates against her opponent.
Author : Joseph Simonson
Source : Washington Examiner : Susan Collins losing to Democratic challenger Sara Gideon: Poll