Collins, a swing vote, cast her vote behind Kavanaugh because, as she previously said, “The allegations fail to meet the ‘more likely than not’ standard.”
Ahead of the 2020 Congressional elections, Collins is preparing for a “tough” fight, especially after her vote in support of Kavanaugh. She previously declared that she doesn’t “regret my vote in the least.”
“Have I lost some votes because of my decision to support Justice Kavanaugh? Yes, I have,” Collins told Politico. “And I’m sad about that because I explained in great depth my decision-making.”
However, she says, “There still is an appreciation in Maine for someone who looks at the facts of an issue, votes with integrity and independence.”
The Maine Republican hasn’t officially kicked off her reelection campaign bid for 2020, but she did note that there’s “no doubt that this is going to be a tough race.”
Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) said, “She’s made some tough votes, she stepped up big time and did a very courageous thing … on the Kavanaugh vote.” He added, “But there’s a political price that comes with that.”
From the end of 2018 to currently, Collins’ approval among voters has gone from 53% to 45%. In comparison, her disapproval has increased from 38% to 48%, according to a Morning Consult’s poll.
In the 2020 Congressional Election, there will be 22 Republican seats up for election and 12 Democratic seats.