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 CollinsTrump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition GOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan Sinema touts bipartisan record as Arizona Democrats plan censure vote 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 TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE but faced backlash in 2018 for voting to confirm now-Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTrump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' Trump decries whistleblower story as 'another media disaster' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's new controversy 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."