Collins downplays 2020 threat: 'Confident' reelection would go well if she runs

Collins downplays 2020 threat: 'Confident' reelection would go well if she runs
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits | House Republicans introduce bill to speed mining projects for critical minerals | Watchdog faults EPA communications in contamination of NC river The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities MORE (R-Maine) downplayed speculation that she could lose her Senate seat in 2020, saying she's confident she would win reelection. 

“The people of Maine have known me, and they know that I have been a hardworking, independent advocate for them, who votes with integrity,” Collins said, according to Bloomberg.

“Should I choose to seek reelection, I’m confident it will go well," she continued. 

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Collins, who won reelection by over 30 points in 2014, now faces a tough race, which The Cook Political Report has shifted from a "lean Republican" to "toss-up" election. 

Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon (D) has launched a challenge against Collins, raising over $1 million in the first week of her campaign. 

The incumbent senator has been critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE but faced backlash in 2018 for voting to confirm now-Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court denies California church's challenge to state restrictions Supreme Court denies Illinois churches' request for action after state eases restrictions Federal judges should be allowed to be Federalist Society members MORE in 2018.

Gideon has hit Collins over the decision, saying in her campaign launch video that it “put women’s control of their own health care decisions in extreme jeopardy.”  

She recently defended her decision, telling The New York Times last month that she did not regret her vote "in the least."