The Republican Party hung all their hopes for a new wave of power on a derange TV reality show host and have felt the crushing effects of that decision ever since. In 2018, Democrats dominated at the polls, flipping 40 seats and retaking the House of Representatives. Just four months out from the November 2020 elections, Republicans may be poised to lose the Senate, as well.
polls currently have GOP sen.Susan Collins losing to Democrat Sara Gideon.
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The GOP dominates the Senate with just three seats above having a majority, but several Republican senators, and very well-known ones, are underwater in the polls. The first is Susan Collins (R-ME), who is losing by five points in the polls against her challenger, Sara Gideon.
One right-wing commentator for the Bangor Daily News said:
‘While no one should ever underestimate Susan Collins, the trend in the last few public polls is certainly in the wrong direction for those of us who want to see her re-elected. In March we saw a poll that showed her down 4 points. Two months later, she is now down 9.’
Collins’ political troubles began with her decision to confirm credibly accused attempted rapist Brett Kavanaugh to the U. S. Supreme Court. In an utterly ridiculous attempt to pander to women voters who protested his confirmation, Collins insisted that she believed his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, she was pretty sure that there was a case of mistaken identity, that someone besides Kavanaugh had attempted to assault Ford. Women did not buy that argument.
According to POLITICO:
‘Collins’ reputation has taken a conspicuously harsh hit. In 2015, after winning reelection with about 70 percent of the vote, she was considered one of America’s most beloved senators. Today, she is the most reviled, derided for her increasingly lockstep party-line votes and for the often belabored manner in which she has justified herself.’
The woman who was once a real favorite among her New England voting base is struggling and she has only herself and the president to blame. Collins could have either been a voice for change in the GOP or a Trump panderer who backed him out of fear that she would take a hit with voters.
Her decision between those two things does not appear to be working out well for her.
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