United States Senate election in Maine, 2008

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United States Senate election in Maine, 2008
Maine
2002 ←
November 4, 2008
→ 2014

  Susan Collins official photo.jpg Tom Allen 110th Congressional portrait.JPG
Nominee Susan Collins Tom Allen
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 444,300 279,510
Percentage 61.3% 38.6%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Susan Collins
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Susan Collins
Republican

The 2008 United States Senate election in Maine was held November 4, 2008. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins won re-election to a third term.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

2008 Maine U.S. Senate Democratic primary election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tom Allen 69,932 85.6
Democratic Tom Ledue 11,795 14.4
Turnout 81,727

Campaign[edit]

Allen tried to connect Collins to George W. Bush, but these tactics failed as Collins maintained her image as a moderate, independent Republican. She obtained an endorsement from Independent and former Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman.[1]

Predictions[edit]

CQ Politics rated this race as 'Leans Republican'.[2] The Cook Political Report considered it 'Lean Republican'.[3] The Rothenberg Political Report considered it a 'Clear Advantage for Incumbent Party'.[4] UpFront Politics listed the race as 'Leans Republican'. Swing State Project listed the race as "Likely Republican." The Hotline's Senate Rankings showed the Maine Senate race fall from 7th- to 11th-most competitive senate race in the country.

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates administered Tom Allen (D) Susan Collins (R)
Rasmussen Reports November 1, 2008 41% 57%
Survey USA October 20, 2008 43% 54%
Rasmussen Reports October 2, 2008 43% 53%
Survey USA September 22 - September 23, 2008 39% 55%
Rasmussen Reports September 17, 2008 42% 55%
Rasmussen Reports August 12, 2008 40% 55%
Rasmussen Reports July 17, 2008 42% 49%
Pan Atlantic SMS Group June 18, 2008 31% 56%
Rasmussen Reports June 16, 2008 42% 49%
Rasmussen Reports May 14, 2008 42% 52%
Rasmussen Reports April 1, 2008 38% 54%
McLaughlin & Associates/
Coalition for a Democratic Workforce
March 6-March 9, 2008 31% 54%
Critical Insights October 12-October 30, 2007 34% 54%
Survey USA October 26-October 29, 2007 38% 55%
Research 2000/Daily Kos October 15-October 17, 2007 33% 56%

Results[edit]

General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Susan Collins 444,300 61.33 +2.9
Democratic Tom Allen 279,510 38.58 -3.0
write-ins 620 0.09 n/a
Majority 164,790
Turnout 724,430
Republican hold Swing

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