Kavanaugh vote reshapes Maine senator's political future

October 08, 2018 - 8:26 pm

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The fight over Susan Collins' political future is already raging.

She's not on the ballot for another two years, but interest in the Maine Republican senator's re-election has exploded in the days since she cast the deciding vote to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick. Collins' vote helped transform the balance of power on the nation's high court for a generation.

It also complicates Collins' path to a fifth term.

Half a dozen Democrats are openly considering running against the Republican political powerhouse. And an online fund has generated $3.6 million — and counting — for Collins' ultimate Democratic challenger.

The emergence of a crowded field in a Senate contest two years away underscores the extraordinary political moment triggered by the debate over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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