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The 6 Democratic Senators in Trouble, According to Morning Consult’s Approval Ratings Update

Five senators saw drops in their net approval ratings during the third quarter of 2018, while one senator's net approval is barely above zero.

By NTK Staff | 10.10.2018 @10:00am
The 6 Democratic Senators in Trouble, According to Morning Consult’s Approval Ratings Update

Morning Consult released their third-quarter approval rating numbers for 99 of 100 U.S. senators Wednesday – newly-minted Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) is not included – and the release brings bad news to at least six Democrats running for reelection this fall.

Overall, six “vulnerable senators” up for reelection in November saw drops in their net approval ratings in the third quarter, according to Morning Consult. Five of the six are Democrats. Those Democrats are:

  • Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), whose net approval dropped a staggering 12 points, to -2
  • Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the scandal-plagued New Jersey politician whose net approval dropped eight points, to -16
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), whose net approval dropped seven points, to -11
  • Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), whose net approval also dropped seven points and is at +1 going into the final month before the election
  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), whose net approval dropped one point, to +2

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) was the one Republican on the list of senators who saw a drop in net approval.

NTK Network also noted that Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is in a vulnerable position. She is up for reelection in a ‘Trump state,’ and opposed Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court. Her net approval went up over the third quarter, but is only +4.

Approval ratings only tell part of the story in any given U.S. Senate race, but Nelson, Menendez, McCaskill, Donnelly, Manchin, and Heitkamp have to be sweating their chances in November. All but Menendez are up for reelection in states the president won in 2016.

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