Polls Show Tight Senate Races In Missouri, Nevada

Closely watched Senate races in Missouri and Nevada are likely to go down to the wire, according to the results of new CNN polls released on Monday.

In Missouri, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., leads the state’s Attorney General Josh Hawley 47 percent to 44 percent among likely voters.

McCaskill’s 3-point advantage among likely voters is within the poll’s margin of error, and the incumbent has an even narrower 43 percent to 42 percent lead among a broader group of registered voters.

Among likely voters, McCaskill and Hawley both have modestly positive favorability ratings, although McCaskill’s favorability rating among registered voters is split.

Missouri has voted for the Republican presidential candidate in the past five elections, with President Donald Trump winning the state by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016.

McCaskill is subsequently seen as one of the top targets for Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections, as the GOP seeks to maintain control of the Senate.

A separate survey showed Democratic Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., with a 47 percent to 43 percent lead over Republican Senator Dean Heller, R-Nev., among likely Nevada voters.

Rosen has a slightly narrower 43 percent to 40 percent lead over Heller among a broader group of registered voters, although both gaps are within the margin of error.

The poll showed Rosen with a positive 43 percent to 38 percent favorability rating among likely voters, while 46 percent view Heller unfavorably and 43 percent view him favorably.

Nevada has voted for the Democratic presidential candidate in the past three elections and is widely seen as Democrats’ best Senate pickup opportunity in this election cycle.

With Election Day a little over a month away, the polls showed about one-in-five voters in both states that have picked a candidate might change their mind, suggesting both races remain up for grabs.

The CNN polls in Missouri and Nevada were both conducted by survey research firm SSRS from September 25th through 29th.

In the Missouri survey, the margin of error for results among 906 registered voters was plus or minus 3.9 percentage points and for results among 756 likely voters was plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

The margin of error for results among 851 registered Nevada voters was plus or minus 4.1 percentage points and for results among 693 likely Nevada voters was plus or minus 4.6 percentage points.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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