Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) announced that she didn’t believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was attacked by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and voted to confirm. Unfortunately for Collins, however, she didn’t quite vote her state’s interest.
Public Policy Polling revealed Collins didn’t have the voter support to confirm Kavanaugh. Before Dr. Ford testified, 49 percent of Maine voters said they wanted Collins to reject President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick. Only 42 percent supported it.
“It’s a tight spot for her and this vote is going to be one that people really remember, particularly moderates who lean Democratic but have supported her in the past,” University of New England political science professor Brian Duff told The Portland Press Herald. “She would love not to be in this situation.”
Collins is up for reelection in 2020, and she already has one heck of a war chest running against her before a candidate has declared. Thus far, the CrowdPAC fundraising has raised nearly $3.5 million for Collins opponent.
Some political experts have speculated that Collins simply won’t run again in 2020 to save face, but the Senator has yet to make an announcement.