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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 CollinsMcConnell tees up Barrett nomination, setting up rare weekend session Collins says running as Independent 'crossed my mind' Republicans advance Barrett's Supreme Court nomination after Democrats boycott committee vote 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. 

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Meanwhile, Collins’s votes on Trump’s past judicial nominees, especially her support for Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCollins says running as Independent 'crossed my mind' Clean energy opportunities in a time of crisis Susan Collins and the American legacy MORE’s confirmation in 2018, has made her a target for Democrats.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus 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 ClintonBon Jovi to campaign with Biden in Pennsylvania The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 spending wars | Biden looks to clean up oil comments | Debate ratings are in Biden gets late boost with key union endorsement 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.