Maine Sen. Susan Collins is getting another challenge to her re-election next year, as state Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon entered the race by highlighting the Republican incumbent’s votes for President Donald Trump’s agenda and nominees.
Gideon opened her campaign Monday with a video attacking Collins for backing Trump’s tax-cut law, for her pivotal vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and for fundraising from corporate interests and allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“At one point, maybe she was different than some of the other folks in Washington, but she doesn’t seem that way any more,” Gideon said.
Collins, 66, is serving her fourth Senate term.
Democratic-aligned groups have raised millions for Collins’s eventual challenger. While Collins provided a key vote in 2017 to defeat Trump’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, since then she has come under fire from Democrats for backing most of Trump’s nominees and other parts of his legislative agenda.