Maine’s Republican Senator Susan Collins might have doomed her political career when she recently voted to acquit President Donald Trump at the end of his Senate impeachment trial. A new Colby College poll has presumed Democratic general election challenger Sara Gideon ahead of her by a small but definitive margin (of one percent), and as the election this November gets closer, there will only be more chances to remind voters of the Trumpian corruption that Collins has aligned herself with. In the poll, Gideon nabbed 43 percent of the support compared to just 42 percent for Collins.
There are revealing other numbers in the poll results that help explain her struggle to garner enough support for re-election. Maine voters were about evenly split on the question of whether or not she made the right decision with her voting during the impeachment trial — 50 percent said that she did not, and only 49 percent said that she did.
In attempted defense of her decision to acquit the president no matter the evidence against him, Collins claimed that he’d “learned a lesson” from the proceedings — but within days, he fired administration officials who testified against him and insisted he’d never done anything wrong in trying to bribe Ukraine into investigating the Bidens. He learned no “lesson” — and now, a full 39 percent of independent voters say that they’re “now less likely to vote for her because of her decision to acquit the president,” Mother Jones notes.
More numbers from the Colby College poll show just precarious that Collins’s position really is. Only 36 percent of women overall said that they’d support Collins, and among women under the age of 50, her portion of support plummeted even further to just 26 percent. Meanwhile, a full 56 percent of women under 50 said that they’d support Democrat Sara Gideon.
Collins is one of at least three current Republican Senators whose seats are in serious jeopardy this year. The Cook Political Report also identifies Colorado’s Cory Gardner and Arizona’s Martha McSally — the latter of whom never even won an election to begin with but was instead appointed to her seat — as also facing “toss-up” elections this November.