(ConservativeUnit.com)- Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine has won her re-election campaign. Democratic nominee Sara Gideon conceded the election on Wednesday afternoon, signaling the end of a massive and expensive campaign by the Democrats in the state.
The Democratic candidate reportedly spent almost five times as much money on her campaign.
Conceding, Gideon said she was proud of the campaign that they ran.
“Together we built a movement that will help us make progress for years to come,” she said.
Thank you, Maine. I’m proud of the campaign we ran, regardless of the result—together we built a movement that will help us make progress for years to come.
While this election may be over, we can’t afford to stop organizing. So let’s get some rest, and then get back to work.
— Sara Gideon (@SaraGideon) November 4, 2020
“While this election may be over, we can’t afford to stop organizing,” she added.
Gideon was one of many Democratic candidates running with huge sums of money, losing by 6% despite raising a massive $69 million for her campaign.
Podcast host Gabe Fleisher published a list of other candidates who lost with similarly huge sums of money raised for their campaigns, with Jaime Harrison of South Carolina topping the list. Harrison lost to incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham in one of the most expensive and hotly-contested campaigns in the country.
Remember those huge Senate Democratic fundraising hauls?
— Jaime Harrison: raised $108M, losing by 14%
— Amy McGrath: raised $88M, losing by 21%
— Sara Gideon: raised $69M, losing by 6%
— Steve Bullock: raised $43M, losing by 7.2%
— MJ Hegar: raised $24M, losing by 10%
— Gabe Fleisher (@WakeUp2Politics) November 4, 2020
Maine’s Senator Susan Collins has held the seat since 1997 but was expected to lose the seat this time around by most polls. Real Clear Politics showed that the Democratic challenger was ahead by as much as 12 points in the race. The polls were wrong.
— The Hill (@thehill) November 4, 2020
While the victory in Maine is good for the Republicans in terms of holding the Senate, she is not universally like. The Senator was just one of two Republicans who opposed the nomination of Justice Amy Coney Barrett by President Donald Trump. Collins voted against confirming Barrett.