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Republicans Lead Senate Races in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Poll Says

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While all three races are still competitive, Republican Senate candidates currently have the lead in the hard-fought states of Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin with just over four weeks left until Election Day, according to polls conducted Sept. 26-28 by the Marist Institute for the McClatchy newspapers.

The poll of the three states found that Republicans are benefiting from the "enthusiasm gap" in each. Other factors working in the GOP's favor are the issue of the still-struggling economy and President Obama's falling popularity, coming in states that he had carried by 9 points or more in 2008..

All the surveys are of likely voters and the margin of error for all three states is 3.5 points.

Colorado

Republican Ken Buck, who rode Tea Party fervor to the GOP nomination, leads Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet by 50 percent to 42 percent.
Ken Buck, Michael Bennet
Not surprisingly, two out of three Tea Party supporters back Buck enthusiastically. Fifty-six percent of conservatives are very enthusiastic about voting compared to 36 percent of liberals and 35 percent of moderates.

Voters think the worst is yet to come for the economy by a 49 percent to 41 percent margin.

In the governor's race, the throed-party candidacy of former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo is giving Democrat John Hickenlooper an easy ride, with Hickenlooper leading with 48 percent followed by Tancredo at 29 percent and Republican Dan Maes at 19 percent.

Pennsylvania

Republican Pat Toomey leads Democrat Joe Sestak by 51 percent to 42 percent.
Joe Sestak, Pat Toomey
Forty-nine percent of conservatives describe themselves as very enthusiastic about voting, 14 points more than liberals and 16 points more than moderates. One measure of the enthusiasm gap can be seen by contrasting Toomey's 9 point advantage among likely voters to the smaller 2 point edge he has when all registered voters are asked their preference.

McClatchy says this is a state where Obama's fallen approval rating has had a marked impact on the Democrats' chances.

In the governor's race, Republican Tom Corbett leads Democrat Dan Onorato 53 percent to 41 percent.

Wisconsin

Republican newcomer Ron Johnson leads three-term Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold by 52 percent to 45 percent.

Russ Feingold, Ron Johnson The enthusiasm gap here is again evident in the contrast between the surveys of likely voters and all registered voters. Johnson leads by only 2 points among all registered voters but gets his 7 point margin when only likely voters are counted.


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leejcaroll

Only problem, at least with Pa is that I was questioned by Quinnipiac a major polling service used as source for many articles (not this but cannot assume this polling service asks better formed questions). I was not given the option of no opinion or none of the above and therefore 'forced' to give an answer - "You only have the choice of Toomey or Sestak or in same survey 'do you agree or disagree with the war in Afghanistan?" and again only a "Yes." or "No." Makes the poll invalid. Also often in these articles margin of error not mentioned which can make a race that looks far apart as even steven or the 'losing' candidate the winning one and vice-versa.

October 02 2010 at 9:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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eve

I also was called for the first time ever by a Quinnipiac poll, but for the Connecticut races. Questions are very slanted and bias-leaning, where the answer choices are extreme and limited. No room at all for a moderate opinion. After that call, I know longer trust the polls either for or against a particular candidate.

October 02 2010 at 10:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wardloc2

I cannot put it in nicer terms.Anyone that votes to put back in power the party that gave us this unemployment has to have some brain malfunction. The Dems have put through dozens of tax cuts,and many small business incentives already. There were however two"jobs " bills that the reps schuttled. The pledge that the Reps have is nothing more than more of the exact same as they did under Bush whose "tax cuts" slowed job creation while Clinton's 39% saw the healthiest job growth ever. To vote red is to vote against America and 98% of the people.

October 02 2010 at 7:21 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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bouncerdave2006

clinton also had a republican congress

October 03 2010 at 2:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
macsportsvt

Happy days are here again!

October 02 2010 at 6:04 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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