Political newcomer learns a lesson: As Maine goes, so goes Virginia (and other states, too?)

Maine’s Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (left) defeated Democratic challenger Sara Gideon in 2020. (AP file)

By Georgia Brainard As I watched NBC’s Steve Kornacki try to explain the sea of red flooding Virginia’s election maps Nov. 2, a familiar feeling set in. Though the governor’s race remained too close to call until the following day, an easy win by Democrat Terry McAuliffe had clearly been thwarted. Political analysts began their […]

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