Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was the only other Republican senator reject move forward with a confirmatory vote before election day. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, nonetheless, has secured enough support from his GOP caucus to see Barrett rise to the seat of late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The Senate Judiciary Committee held Barrett’s confirmatory hearings this week, and the panel is planned to vote on her nomination next Thursday – the judge is to be confirmed by the entire Senate Chamber in a vote before the election.
Trump’s tweet against Collins comes as she’s embroiled in what is probably the toughest political battle of her career. Democratic Maine State House spokeswoman Sara Gideon has launched a well-funded campaign to deny Collins a fifth term in the Senate, leading the incumbent Republican in the polls averaging 4.2 percentage points RealClearPolitics.
Gideon and outside political groups have worked to name Collins, who has long been considered one of the most moderate members of the Senate, as the president’s pioneer. Collins, in turn, has tried to describe himself as independent of Trump and not committed to the Republican Party.