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POLL-O-RAMA: The Latest on Senate Races in Nev., Tenn. & W.Va.

General election contests in Nevada and Tennessee are tight, while the West Virginia GOP Senate primary is coming down to the wire.

By NTK Staff | 04.25.2018 @3:00pm
POLL-O-RAMA: The Latest on Senate Races in Nev., Tenn. & W.Va.

A series of new polls released Wednesday paint a clearer picture of how Senate races might shake out in states like Nevada, Tennessee, and West Virginia.


In Nevada, where Republican incumbent Sen. Dean Heller is fighting off a challenge from Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), the two candidates find themselves virtually tied. A poll conducted by the Mellman Group found Heller earned 39.7 percent support from Nevada voters, while Rosen earned 39.3 percent. Another 21 percent of respondents were undecided, about six months out from the November midterms.

A significantly large 34.2 percent of Nevada voters said they had never heard of Rosen – a troubling figure for the challenger. Just eight percent said the same about Heller, who has served in the U.S. Senate since 2011.

The Nevada poll sampled 600 likely voters and had a margin of error of four percent.


In Tennessee, a new poll released by Mason-Dixon Polling found former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D-TN) leading Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) by a three-point margin, 46-43. The two are running for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN). Another 11 percent of respondents said they were still undecided.

This poll was conducted among registered Tennessee voters – not likely voters. The three-point margin in this race is within the poll’s margin of error, which is four percentage points.


And in West Virginia, a new Fox News poll released Tuesday night gave some insights into the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Rep. Evan Jenkins led the field with 25 percent, followed closely by state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey with 21 percent. Retired coal baron Don Blankenship, “who spent a year in jail following a 2010 disaster that killed 29 miners at a Massey Energy-owned mine in West Virginia,” trailed behind at 16 percent.

Another 24 percent of voters are undecided and eight percent are voting for other candidates. The poll was conducted among likely voters and has a margin of error of three percentage points. Voters head to the polls for the West Virginia primary on May 8.

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