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2008 United States Senate election in Maine

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2008 United States Senate election in Maine

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2008 Susan Collins 2 by 3 crop.jpg
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Nominee Susan Collins Tom Allen
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 444,300 279,510
Percentage 61.3% 38.6%

Maine Senate Election Results by County, 2008.svg
County results
Collins:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. senator before election

Susan Collins

Elected U.S. Senator

Susan Collins

The 2008 United States Senate election in Maine took place on November 4, 2008. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins won re-election to a third term against Democrat Tom Allen, the U.S. Congressman from the 1st district.

Democratic primary


  • Tom Allen, U.S. Representative
  • Thomas Ledue, educator


Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Allen 69,932 85.6%
Democratic Tom Ledue 11,795 14.4%
Total votes 81,727 100.0%


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

When Collins was first elected in 1996 she pledged to serve only two terms (twelve years) in office, which would have been up in 2008. She instead decided to seek a third term, and defeated Allen with over 60% of the vote. She was the only Republican Senate candidate to win in 2008 in a state that was simultaneously won by Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.


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.


Poll source Dates administered Tom
Allen (D)
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 22–23, 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 6–9, 2008 31% 54%
Critical Insights October 12–30, 2007 34% 54%
Survey USA October 26–29, 2007 38% 55%
Research 2000/Daily Kos October 15–17, 2007 33% 56%


General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Susan Collins (incumbent) 444,300 61.33% +2.9%
Democratic Tom Allen 279,510 38.58% -3.0%
Write-in 620 0.09% n/a
Total votes 724,430 100.00% n/a
Republican hold

See also


External links

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