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POLLS: Tight Races in 3 GOP-Held Senate Seats

Democrats lead in three currently GOP-held Senate races, albeit within the margin of error in one case, according to a new poll of registered voters.

By NTK Staff | 04.26.2018 @11:00am
POLLS: Tight Races in 3 GOP-Held Senate Seats

A new series of polls released by news company Axios shows Democrats leading Republicans in Senate contests in Arizona, Nevada, and Tennessee. The polls were conducted online and only surveyed registered voters – a less reliable sample than “likely voters.”

In Arizona, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) leads Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) in the race for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Sinema earns support form 51 percent of registered voters, while McSally earns 42 percent support. Two other GOP candidates, state Sen. Kelli Ward and former sheriff of Maricopa County Joe Arpaio, also trailed Sinema.

In Nevada, Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) leads Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), 50-44. This poll contradicts another released earlier this week. The other poll, conducted by the Mellman Group, surveyed likely voters rather than registered voters. It showed a virtually-tied race between Rosen and Heller.

In Tennessee, the race between former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D-TN) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is a virtual tie. The two are competing for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN). Bredesen led Blackburn, 48-47, well within the poll’s margin of error of four percentage points. Like Nevada, another poll of Tennessee voters was released earlier this week. That poll showed Bredesen leading Blackburn by a three-point margin, 46-43.

Should Republicans panic? Not yet:

The overall Senate map in this election still favors the GOP, and an earlier Axios/SurveyMonkey poll showed five Senate Democrats could lose their seats to Republicans. Democrats need to keep the Senate seats they have and gain two more to take control of the Senate.

With about six months to go until Election Day, these races have plenty of time to develop and come into clearer focus for voters.

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