Collins trails Democratic challenger by 5 points: poll

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsModerates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms Mallory to lead White House environment council | US emissions dropped 1.7 percent in 2019 | Interior further delays Trump rule that would make drillers pay less to feds Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle 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.


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 TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he 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 KavanaughBiden's court-packing theater could tame the Supreme Court's conservatives Trump knocks CNN for 'completely false' report Gaetz was denied meeting NY Times beclowns itself by normalizing court-packing 'to balance the conservative majority' 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 ClintonChelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' Why does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Republican legislators target private sector election grants MORE carried the statewide vote in Maine by 3 points, or about 22,000 votes, in 2016.


The poll finds presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Olympics, climate on the agenda for Biden meeting with Japanese PM Boehner on Afghanistan: 'It's time to pull out the troops' 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.