Collins trails Democrat Sara Gideon by 4 in Maine Senate race: poll

Collins trails Democrat Sara Gideon by 4 in Maine Senate race: poll
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Maine state House Speaker Sara Gideon (D) holds a 4-point lead over Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsProgressive Jewish group endorses Biden Poll: Gideon leads Collins by 8 points in Maine Senate race The Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement MORE (R-Maine) in the state’s hotly contested Senate race, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted by the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling (PPP), shows Gideon, the current front-runner for the Democratic Senate nomination in Maine, garnering 46 percent of the vote to Collins’s 42 percent. 

Collins, a 23-year veteran of the Senate, has repeatedly won reelection in the past, largely due to her crossover appeal to both Republicans and Democrats. But she became a top political target for Democrats in 2017 after she voted to confirm Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughGOP leaders go into attack mode against Harris Kamala Harris: The right choice at the right time Trump says Harris was 'my No. 1 pick' for Biden's VP MORE to the Supreme Court in 2017 as he faced allegations of sexual assault. 

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The latest PPP survey found signs that her crossover appeal in her home state isn’t what it once was. Her overall approval rating is underwater, with 36 percent of respondents approving of her job performance and 55 percent disapproving.

Among those voters who cast their ballot for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states California Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden picks Harris as running mate MORE in the 2016 presidential election, only 8 percent said they approve of Collins’s job performance, compared to 87 percent who disapproved. That’s a sharp drop from where Collins stood among those voters a little more than a year ago, when 32 percent of Clinton voters approved of the job the senator was doing in office.

Gideon is still facing a primary challenge, with her main opponent, former gubernatorial candidate Betsy Sweet, running to the left of the state House Speaker. But Gideon is the favorite of national Democrats to win the nomination, and she has already built a fundraising advantage over Collins.

Gideon has raised more than $15.2 million for her campaign this year  nearly three times the roughly $5.4 million raised by Collins. At the same time, the two candidates are largely keeping pace with one another in their total cash on hand, according to their latest Federal Election Commission reports. 

Maine isn’t looking particularly promising for Republicans in the presidential election, either. The PPP poll released Monday showed presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE leading President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE by 11 points in the state.

The PPP poll surveyed 1,022 Maine voters from July 2 to 3. It has a margin of sampling error of 3.1 percentage points.