Poll: Democrat Gideon leads GOP incumbent Collins by 4 points in Maine Senate race

Poll: Democrat Gideon leads GOP incumbent Collins by 4 points in Maine Senate race
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Maine state House Speaker Sara Gideon (D) is leading Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump| Esper orders hundreds of active-duty troops outside DC sent home day after reversal | Iran releases US Navy veteran Michael White Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump GOP Sen. Murkowski 'struggling' with whether to vote for Trump MORE (R), in the race for Collins's U.S. Senate seat, according to a new poll. 

Gideon has a 4-point lead in support from Mainers over the Republican incumbent, according to a poll released Thursday by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling

Gideon has 47 percent support, compared with Collins’s 43 percent, based on the poll. The other 10 percent said they’re not sure who they would vote for between the two candidates in the fall. 

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Gideon has made major gains on Collins since launching her campaign. A Public Policy Polling survey conducted last spring found Collins with an 18-point lead, at 51 percent compared with Gideon’s 33 percent, according to the polling firm. 

Collins has been on thin ice with Maine voters, first catching blowback when she voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughWhy the Senate must vote against Justin Walker's nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court Senate panel sends Trump appeals court pick to floor in party-line vote Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony MORE after he was accused of sexual assault.

The criticism continued against Collins as she has voted with the majority of her party to acquit President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE on impeachment charges. These decisions could cost her votes in November. 

The March survey found nearly half of Mainers, 47 percent, said Collins voted to acquit Trump more so to vote with her party to protect Trump politically. Forty-three percent said Collins voted to acquit Trump more because she thought the president didn’t commit any impeachable offenses, based on the poll. 

The Cook Political Report ranks the race as a toss-up. 

Public Policy Polling surveyed 872 Maine voters between March 2 and 3. The margin of error is 3.3 percentage points.