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Fox News Poll Finds GOP Trending Up in Senate Races

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is pictured next to her Republican challenger Kevin Cramer
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and her Republican challenger Kevin Cramer (AP)

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 07:36 PM

Republicans are making gains in top Senate races, fueled by an increased interest among GOP voters and pro-President Donald Trump sentiment, a new Fox News poll showed.

According to the survey, compared to early September, the number of Republicans feeling "extremely" interested in the upcoming election is up by 2 points in Arizona, 9 points in Indiana, 8 points in both Missouri and North Dakota, and 11 points in Tennessee.  

Republicans are now as likely as Democrats to say they are extremely interested, obliterating an edge Democrats had in several states last month, the poll showed.

Still, only one of the Senate GOP candidates has a lead outside the survey's margin of sampling error, North Dakota's Kevin Cramer.

Here is a snapshot of the state-by-state results:

  • Arizona: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema tops Republican Martha McSally by a 47-45 percent margin in the Senate race to fill the open seat of retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. Last month, Sinema was up 47-44 percent.
  • Indiana: Incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., tops GOP challenger Mike Braun 43-41 percent, while Libertarian Lucy Brenton takes 6 percent.  Eight percent are undecided. In early September, Braun was up 45-43 percent.
  • Missouri: Incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Republican challenger Josh Hawley are tied at 43 percent apiece. Three weeks ago, McCaskill was up 44-41 percent.
  • North Dakota: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is trailing GOP challenger Cramer by 12 points, 53-41 percent. Last month, Cramer was up by 4 points, 48-44 percent.
  • Tennessee: Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is ahead of Democratic challenger Phil Bredesen by a 48-43 percent margin, within the poll's margin of error. Last month, she had a 3-point edge over Bredesen.  They are competing for the seat being vacated by retiring GOP Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

The full survey's sample in each state has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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Fueled by an increased interest among GOP voters and pro-President Donald Trump sentiment, Republicans are making gains in top Senate races, according to the latest Fox News poll.
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