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LISTEN: The New England Race That Could Help Flip The Senate

Fred Bever
Maine Public
Maine Sen. Susan Collins on the campaign trail in September. The Republican is seeking her fifth term in a highly-contested race.

There’s only one Republican serving in Congress from New England: U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, whose seat is highly contested this year.

The Cook Political Report is projecting that race as a toss-up between Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon, who is currently speaker of Maine's House of Representatives. If Democrats are going to take control of the Senate, Collins' seat is one of their better bets.

In a NEXT interview with Maine Public chief political correspondent Steve Mistler, we learn why some voters are no longer supporting Collins, who was first elected in 1996. And we hear why the outcome of this race could have an impact well beyond Maine.

Morgan Springer is the host/producer for the weekly show NEXT and the New England News Collaborative, a ten-station consortium of public radio newsrooms. She joined WNPR in 2019. Before working at Connecticut Public Radio, Morgan was the news director at Interlochen Public Radio in northern Michigan, where she launched and co-hosted a weekly show Points North.
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