Collins trails Democratic challenger by 5 points: poll

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day MORE (R-Maine) trails her Democratic challenger Sara Gideon by 5 points in a new poll of the Maine Senate race. 

The Colby College survey finds Gideon, the state House Speaker, with 44 percent support, compared with 39 percent for Collins. Twelve percent of respondents are undecided, and 6 percent say they’ll vote for a third party. 

Collins is among the most vulnerable GOP senators up for reelection this year as Republicans seek to maintain their majority in the upper chamber.

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Gideon raised $8 million in the second quarter, more than twice what Collins brought in. 

The Colby College survey found that 42 percent of Maine voters have a favorable view of Collins, compared with 51 percent who view her unfavorably. Gideon is at 46 percent positive and 36 percent negative.

Collins has at times sought to distance herself from President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE, but Democrats have worked to cast her as a rubber stamp for his agenda, highlighting her vote for Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Remembering Ginsburg's patriotism and lifelong motivation Collins: President elected Nov. 3 should fill Supreme Court vacancy MORE.

The survey found that 46 percent of voters describe Collins as usually siding with Republicans but also independent-minded. Thirty-nine percent say Collins nearly always sides with Republicans and is not independent-minded, while 15 percent described her as completely independent and not beholden to either party.

The Trump campaign has identified Maine as one of four states the president lost in 2016 that he hopes to win in 2020. Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Warning signs flash for Lindsey Graham in South Carolina MORE carried the statewide vote in Maine by 3 points, or about 22,000 votes, in 2016.

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The poll finds presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE leading Trump by 12 points statewide, 50 to 38.

Trump’s favorability rating is at 39 positive and 59 negative. Biden is at 51 positive and 44 negative. 

The survey of 888 likely voters was conducted between July 15 and July 20 and has a 3.9 percentage point margin of error.