Liberal activists in ME have raised more than $850,000 since August that they plan to donate to Rep. Susan Collins's next Democratic challenger if she votes to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Murkowski is pro-choice in a generally anti-choice party, and abortion rights activists have been hoping to pressure her into voting against Kavanaugh. Either Collins or Murkowski, who are seen as more pro-choice than many other Republican Senators, could be the deciding vote in whether Kavanaugh is appointed to the court. Both have declined to reveal how they plan to vote.
Sen. Collins recently told the Portland Press-Herald Friday that she remains undecided on whether she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
In fact, this is a popular myth that's been long discredited. "If I vote for him, the money is given to my opponent for the 2020 race", she continued, emphasizing that, "this effort will not influence my vote at all".
Last year, the majority Republicans changed Senate rules to require only a simple majority, 51 votes in the 100-member chamber, to confirm a Supreme Court nominee.
In reality this isn't all that much different than the money that Collins has raised from donors such as General Dynamics, MBNA Corp, Elliott Management, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
But because these two senators are Republicans, activists are anxious that they will vote with their party to confirm Kavanaugh. During the 2014 campaign, where Collins bested her Democratic opponent, Shenna Bellows, by a 68 to 32 percent margin, Collins spent $5.5 million and Bellows spent $2.3 million.
Another Senate Democrat who voted for Gorsuch and is seeking reelection in 2018 is Indiana's Joe Donnelly.
Laguens added that ME women "know that Kavanaugh would overturn Roe and chip away at access to safe, legal abortion if given the chance.Senator Collins needs to listen to the women of ME and continue to stand up for their most basic freedoms by opposing Brett Kavanaugh". Although Obama won IN in 2008, the state is heavily Republican.
People have been sending coat hangers to Collins' office since July, when Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. Nonetheless, a late August poll from NBC News/Marist found the incumbent Democrat leading Republican challenger Mike Braun by 6%.
"I always wait until after the hearings are complete before making a decision, and I'll do so in this case as well", she said.