GOP’s Susan Collins come-from-behind election in Maine, in blow to Democrats’ Senate hopes

Embattled Republican incumbent US Senator Susan Collins of Maine scores a come-from-behind election victory as her challenger concedes, virtually closing Democrats’ pathway to regaining control of the US Senate.

“I just received a very gracious call from Sara Gideon conceding the race,” says Collins, 67, who had trailed for months in polling against her Democratic rival.

Gideon says in a televised address that she spoke with Collins and “congratulated her on winning this election,” which chalks up another victory for Republicans from yesterday’s election.

Republicans are defending their 53-47 majority in the Senate, and Gideon’s loss makes it that much more difficult for Democrats to win back the upper chamber of Congress.


Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine announces that her competitor Sara Gideon, called to concede on November 4, 2020, in Bangor, Maine. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFP)
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