Polls: Republicans Ahead in Several Key Senate Races

Friday, 07 Feb 2014 11:19 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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A series of polls commissioned by the Republican group American Crossroads shows Republicans ahead of Democrats in five of seven Senate races and tied in a sixth one.

Harper Polling, a GOP-leaning company, found that Democrats trail at least one Republican opponent in Montana, Louisiana, Michigan, Alaska, and Arkansas, Politico reports.

Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is tied with at least one Republican in North Carolina, while leading others, and Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is ahead in New Hampshire.

The poll in Alabama was conducted by live telephone, while the ones for other states were automated, Politico reports.

In Alaska,  a poll of 677 likely voters revealed incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich trails Republican contenders Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan, while coming in ahead of Joe Miller. The poll also showed Begich's job performance met with a 47 percent disapproval rating, while 41 percent approve of him.

In Arkansas, a poll of 533 likely voters showed Republican Tom Cotton ranking above Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor by a 42-36 percent margin. Pryor scored a 40 percent disapproval rating and 37 percent approval rating, while Cotton received a 38 percent favorable rating and 23 percent unfavorable.

A poll of 992 likely voters in Louisiana put Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu ahead with 42 percent of the vote, followed by Republicans Bill Cassidy at 29 percent; Rob Maness at 4 percent; and Republican Paul Hollis at 4 percent. But in a two-way race, Landrieu and Cassidy virtually tied, with Landrieu getting 44 percent of voters and Cassidy netting 45 percent. Landrieu's job approval is suffering, though, with 40 percent approving and 51 percent disapproving.

In Michigan, where 750 likely voters were polled, Democrat Gary Peters trailed Republican Terry Lynn Land 37 percent to 42 percent. Peters marked an 18 percent favorable rating, while Land was at 32 percent.

In Montana, with 519 likely voters polled, Republican Steve Daines came out ahead with 43 percent, followed by Democrats John Walsh with 29 percent, John Bohlinger with 32 percent and Dirk Adams with 20 percent.

In New Hampshire, where 513 likely voters were polled, Shaheen earned 40 percent of the vote to Republican challenger Scott Brown's 35 percent. Shaheen's job approval was at 46 percent, with 31 percent disapproving.

Pollsters questioning 778 likely voters in North Carolina revealed that Hagan is tied with Republican challenger Thom Tillis at 44 percent of the vote, and ahead of Republican Mark Harris, who attracted 40 percent.

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