2020 United States Senate election in Maine

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2020 United States Senate election in Maine

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Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent U.S. Senator

Susan Collins
Republican



The 2020 United States Senate election in Maine will be held on November 3, 2020, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Maine, concurrently with the 2020 U.S. presidential election, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

The race gained specific interest among Democrats after Susan Collins chose to vote "Yes" to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a highly controversial move that resulted in several million dollars being raised to support the eventual nominee of the Democrats to oppose her,[1] which were followed by promises by Republicans to raise similar amounts of money to support her reelection.[2]

The race has been rated as a potentially competitive race.[3]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Potential[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Collins gained significant attention at the height of the 2018 midterm elections in which the Republican Senate and President Trump were pushing for the confirmation of controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She was considered a key swing voter, and when she and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin announced that they would be voting in Kavanaugh's favor, ensuring his confirmation, activist groups mobilized to fund her 2020 Democratic opponent. As of October 5, 2018, it was reported that groups associated with activist Ady Barkan and Democratic campaigns had already raised over $2 million, and pledged the money to her eventual Democratic opponent.[1] The funds eventually reached $3.7 million. In response, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley pledged to raise $3 million to support Collins.[2]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Michael Bunker, travel agent[8]
  • Bre Kidman, attorney[9]

Expressed interest[edit]

Potential[edit]

Declined[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Independents[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Danielle VanHelsing, LGBTQ rights activist[25]

Expressed interest[edit]

General election[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Susan Collins (R)

Polling[edit]

with Sara Gideon
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Susan
Collins (R)
Sara
Gideon (D)
Other Undecided
Pan Atlantic Research Mar 4–13, 2019 500 ± 4.4% 51% 29% 12% 8%
Hypothetical polling
with Susan Rice
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Susan
Collins (R)
Susan
Rice (D)
Other Undecided
Emerson College Oct 27–29, 2018 883 ± 3.5% 44% 20% 13% 22%
with generic Democrat
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Susan
Collins (R)
Generic
Democrat
Undecided
Public Policy Polling Oct 1–2, 2018 ± 3.3% 42% 34%
Public Policy Polling (D)[A] Aug 28–29, 2017 501 51% 22% 27%

Notes[edit]

Partisan clients
  1. ^ Poll sponsored by Our Lives on the Line

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Susan Collins Just Raised $2 Million for Whoever Decides to Run Against Her". Esquire Magazine. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  2. ^ a b Keller, Megan (October 9, 2018). "Grassley pledges to raise $3M for Collins after Kavanaugh fight". The Hill. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.cookpolitical.com/ratings/senate-race-ratings
  4. ^ Shepherd, Michael (March 25, 2019). "A Trump Republican says he'll challenge Susan Collins from the right in 2020". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Thistle, Scott (June 8, 2018). "Federal judge rejects Max Linn's effort to run in Maine Republican primary". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Berenson, Tessa (January 3, 2019). "Susan Collins Is Trying to Stay in the Political Center. But That May Not Exist Anymore". Time. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Acquisto, Alex (December 2, 2018). "Despite big GOP losses in Maine, Collins isn't worried about 2020". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  8. ^ Weinland, Gerald [@DirigoBlue] (December 19, 2018). "Michael Bunker of Bangor has filed to run as a Dem against @SenatorCollins in 2020 #mepolitics #mesen" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Collins, Steve (April 22, 2019). "Saco lawyer Bre Kidman seeks Democratic backing to challenge Susan Collins". Lewiston Sun Journal. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  10. ^ Gideon, Sara [@saragideon] (October 5, 2018). "I'm focused on expanding our House majority in #ME and electing @JanetMillsforME as our governor, but after 11/6 I will be seriously considering how I can elevate the voices of people who deserve and demand to be heard and represented in DC. www.facebook.com/sara.gideon.9/posts/10212872157629705 … #mepolitics" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ a b c d e Shepherd, Michae (January 18, 2019). "Democrats aren't racing to run against Susan Collins in 2020". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  12. ^ https://www.sunjournal.com/2019/05/06/lewiston-lawyer-may-challenge-susan-collins-in-2020/
  13. ^ Ringelstein, Zak [@RingelsteinME] (September 24, 2018). "If @SenatorCollins votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, I will make it my mission to defeat her in 2020, either as her colleague, or as her 2020 opponent. Chip in to help me stand up to Susan Collins and Brett Kavanaugh: secure.actblue.com/donate/zak_vs_collins# …" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g Villeneuve, Marina; Peoples, Steve; Pace, Julie (October 9, 2018). "Democrats lining up to consider challenging Collins in 2020". Associated Press. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  15. ^ a b CNN, Dan Merica, Eric Bradner and Gregory Krieg,. "The effort to unseat Susan Collins in 2020 is already underway". CNN. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  16. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Adam Cote". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  17. ^ https://www.sunjournal.com/2019/05/06/lewiston-lawyer-may-challenge-susan-collins-in-2020/
  18. ^ "Former Maine Gov. John Baldacci wants Stephen King to run for office: 'You've got a winner there'". Washington Examiner. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  19. ^ Singiser, Steve. "Here's our ultimate Democratic wishlist for Senate in 2020. Who's on yours?". Daily Kos. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  20. ^ a b Stuart, Tessa (2018-10-05). "Anti-Susan Collins Campaign Raises $2 Million, Crashes During Kavanaugh Speech". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  21. ^ Collins, Steve [@SteveCollinsSJ] (May 20, 2019). "Not surprising, but @RepGolden said today he is not going to run for US Senate. He said he respects @SenatorCollins & her approach to governing, even if he doesn't always agree with her. Besides, he said, his #ME02 seat is "not a stepping stone" & he plans to stay. #mepolitics" (Tweet). Retrieved May 20, 2019 – via Twitter.
  22. ^ Gray, Emma; Vagianos, Alanna (April 11, 2019). "Susan Rice Will Not Run Against Susan Collins For Maine Senate Seat In 2020". HuffPost. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  23. ^ Dr Cathleen London [@DrChaya] (July 16, 2018). "I am running because #SCOTUS cannot wait @SenatorCollins needs to realize that Maine & the country are watching & she will be held accountable for her votes #mepolitics My announcement: www.doctorcatlondonforme.com/_api/media-share-server-for-video/crp5?instance-id=5f191a6c-020c-4fc6-9b82-2786411308cb&component-id=comp-jjog8axh&channel-id=2435a32f-3d87-4ae1-aac4-b8175b02e63c&video-id=b3603e263c0a42348786f1c1f8fe8d60&bi-token=8a23ff18-94ae-0e5a-0a87-60cb8863dede … @DrCat4ME" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  24. ^ https://www.fec.gov/data/candidate/S0ME00053/
  25. ^ a b 2019 (2019-01-25). "Independent challenging Collins aims to be first transgender member of Congress | The Times Record". Brunswick Times Record. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  26. ^ Tiffany Bond [@TiffanyBond] (April 3, 2019). "You're correct, I'm not accepting campaign contributions. It was an April Fool's joke. However, if you want me to run for Senate...you can make that part real. It will take a little bit from each of you in the most crowd-sourced campaign possible" (Tweet) – via Twitter. line feed character in |title= at position 87 (help)
  27. ^ Everett, Burgess (April 11, 2019). "Joe Manchin endorses Susan Collins for reelection". Politico. Retrieved April 11, 2019.

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites