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Collins Ahead by 13 in Maine Senate Race

Incumbent Republican Senator Susan Collins still has a double-digit lead over her Democratic challenger, Tom Allen, in the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in Maine.Collins now leads Allen 55% to 42% (crosstabs available for Premium Members).

Last month, she jumped out to a 15-point lead from a seven-point spread the month before.

Collins, who is seeking a third term in the Senate, is supported by 89% of Maine Republicans and 23% of Democrats. Allen, currently a member of the House of Representatives, is backed by 74% of Democrats and 10% of GOP voters. Unaffiliated voters favor Collins by double digits, largely unchanged from a month ago.

Two-thirds (66%) have a favorable view of Collins, while 55% say the same of Allen. But 40% have an unfavorable view of the Democrat versus 32% who feel that way about the Republican.

While women are evenly divided over the two candidates, male voters prefer Collins 63% to 35%.Rasmussen Markets data gives Collins a % chance of winning re-election in November. These results are updated on a 24/7 basis by market participants. It costs nothing to join, so add your voice to the collective wisdom.

Maine Governor John Baldacci, a Democrat, earns good or excellent ratings from 32% of voters while 36% say he is doing a poor job.

The race between Barack Obama and John McCain for the White House has tightened in the new numbers from Maine.

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Maine Safe Republican

Latest RR Poll

RR Poll Avg.

RR Mkts.

In Trade

2002 Results

Collins (R)

57%

55%

59%

Allen (D)

41%

42%

41%

This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on September 17, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Maine Trends: Collins (R) vs. Allen (D)

Date

Collins

Allen

11/01/2008

57%

41%

10/02/2008

53%

43%

09/17/2008

55%

42%

08/12/2008

53%

38%

07/17/2008

49%

42%

06/16/2008

49%

42%

05/14/2008

52%

42%

04/01/2008

54%

38%


Favorable Ratings for Senate Candidates in Maine

 

Collins

Allen

Very Favorable

29%

20%

Somewhat Favorable

40%

31%

Somewhat Unfavorable

19%

23%

Very Unfavorable

11%

23%

Not Sure

1%

3%


About Rasmussen Reports

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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.