Democrats Poised to Retake Senate

Democrats’ summer surge in Maine augurs well for their efforts across the rest of the Senate map this fall.

Democratic state House Speaker Sara Gideon is widening her lead on 23-year Republican incumbent Sen. Susan Collins, according to a Colby College poll this week. And pollsters found that’s because Collins’s approval rating is dipping, in part because of President Trump.

Colby College political science professor Sandy Maisel explained Trump was casting a shadow over Collins’s fifth reelection campaign. And that foreshadows down-ballot problems for other Senate Republican contenders sharing a ticket with the president as the GOP fights to continue controlling the chamber.

Maisel told the Washington Examiner that Gideon was exploiting the dynamic in her bid, tensions exacerbated by Democrats’ intense dislike of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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