Maine’s Republican Senator Susan Collins could be facing an uphill battle in 2020, the next time she faces re-election. It seems as though her decision to block Obamacare repeal didn’t sit well with a lot of Republican voters.
Uh-oh: Is Susan Collins in Trouble?
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has historically been very popular in Maine. She was reelected to the Senate in 2014 by the eye-popping margin of 37 points–the same election which saw conservative Republican Gov. Paul LePage only garner 48 percent of the same electorate. While she’s not exactly popular on a national scale due to her centrist tendencies, Mainers seem to like her just fine–until now, maybe.
Although Collins isn’t up for reelection to the Senate until 2020, there’s been quite a bit of chatter that she may make a run for the Blaine House after Gov. Paul LePage is term-limited in 2018 and cannot run again. Collins previously ran for governor in 1994, losing to the now-Sen. Angus King (I-ME). Given her relative popularity in Maine, one would think that she’d be a relative shoo-in for the position, but an interesting new poll is casting doubt on if she’d even make it past the primary.
The new PPP poll of Republican Mainers has some troubling results for Collins. More than 60 percent of respondents said that they were less likely to vote for Collins in a primary due to her vote on Obamacare repeal, and 62 percent of respondents said that they disapproved of her job in the Senate.
This should serve as an alarm bell for other Republicans. They campaigned for years on the promise to repeal Obamacare and voters expect them to deliver.