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.