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Maine Senate: Collins (R) Holds a Two-to-One Lead over Bellows (D)

Rasmussen Reports, 9/3 – 9/4

Maine Senate

  • Susan Collins – Republican – 59%
  • Shenna Bellows – Democrat – 31%
  • Other – 2%
  • Undecided – 7%

The Republican candidate, Susan Collins is running away in the polls for the Maine Senate. A poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports earlier in the month has revealed that she has a two-to-one lead (59%) over her Democrat opponent, Shenna Bellows (31%). The poll asked 750 likely voters who they would be willing to vote for if an election were to occur today. The margin of error for the poll was 4%.

Collins outclassed her opponent in the approval ratings. She achieved a decisive 73% approval rating and a 25 disapproval rating, while her opponent only managed to obtain 43% and 30% for her ratings. Collins also has name recognition. Only 1% of voters didn’t know her name, while 16% had never heard of her opponent. Bellows has a monumental task ahead of her if she wants to even stand a chance in this election. She has to develop her name and find a way to tackle her challengers daunting approval rating.

Overall, healthcare is seen as an important issue. 15% of voters felt that Obamacare has helped them, 25% said that it hurt them, 55% reported no impact, and 5% were undecided. For immigration, 57% of voters support immediate deportation, 26% want to ensure that they can remain in the U.S. by making the process easier, and 17% were undecided. While immigration policy doesn’t directly impact Maine, it is seen as an important issue that influences a large geographical region of the country.

The Maine Senate seat has had a long Republican tradition over the last 100 years, and it seems unlikely that it will change in this election. Bellows is too far down in the polls and Collins is well liked amongst voters.

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