Collins trails challenger by 4 points in Maine Senate race: poll

Collins trails challenger by 4 points in Maine Senate race: poll
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Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCDC's about-face on masks appears politically motivated to help a struggling Biden Bipartisanship has become a partisan weapon Romney: Capitol riot was 'an insurrection against the Constitution' MORE (R) is trailing her Democratic challenger Sara Gideon by 4 points in a poll released Friday by Colby College.

Gideon, the Democratic Speaker of the Maine House, is leading with 45 percent compared to 41 percent support for Collins with 6 percent undecided. Colby’s last poll of the race in July showed Gideon with a 44 percent-to-39 percent advantage with 12 percent undecided. 

Collins, a moderate Republican, has differed with President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE on some key issues, most recently on how to address the vacancy left on the Supreme Court by Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgJudge Judy on expanding Supreme Court: 'It's a dumb idea' Court watchers buzz about Breyer's possible retirement Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress MORE


Meanwhile, Collins’s votes on Trump’s past judicial nominees, especially her support for Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael Kavanaugh Klobuchar offers tribute to her father, who died Wednesday Conservative justices split in ruling for immigrant fighting deportation Supreme Court weighs whether to limit issuance of exemptions to biofuel blending requirements MORE’s confirmation in 2018, has made her a target for Democrats.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE is leading in the state as well, with 50 percent support compared to 39 percent support for Trump. In 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCongress won't end the wars, so states must Democrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit MORE won Maine by nearly 3 percentage points. 

The poll also found that 58 percent of respondents said they were planning to vote in-person and 36 percent said they would vote by mail. 

The Colby poll surveyed 847 registered voters in Maine and reported a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.