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Susan Collins’ ‘Hall Pass’ on Amy Coney Barrett Vote Won’t Save Her From Maine Voters

Contributor: Eleanor Clift

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Collins, who won her fourth term six years ago with 69 percent of the vote, is navigating a harsh new reality.

Maine Senator Susan Collins says she will vote ‘no’ to confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, since it’s too close to the election, while refusing to say anything critical about how Barrett’s originalist judicial philosophy might imperil a woman’s right to choose.

Collins is a Republican who supports abortion rights, a brand that has carried her to victory four times, but with Barrett’s confirmation all but certain, Collins' longtime balancing act may have reached its tipping point.

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