Election 2008, Card Check: Senator Collins Re-Elected in Maine

By November 4, 2008Labor Unions

The dastardly misnamed Employee Free Choice Act was a major issue in the U.S. Senate race in Maine, as U.S. Rep. Tom Allen (D-ME) drew on strong union support motivated by the card check issue (see this column) to give incumbent Republican Susan Collins a serious challenge. Change to Win, for example, identified Collins as a target because of card check and the flailing economy.

But Collins began to pull away in the final weeks, and the networks have now declared her the winner. In terms of Senate races where card check ranked as an issue, Maine was probably second, Minnesota first. A harbinger for Coleman-Franken?



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