Four Republican senators in states around the country are facing tight challenges that could make U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-North Bergen) chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) leads Democratic challenger Amy McGrath 49%-44% with 5% of voters undecided. Of those who’ve chosen a candidate, 11% said they might change their minds.
McConnell’s job approvals were a little underwater, with 46% approving and 44% disapproving.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) face tighter races.
The poll found equal support for Graham and challenger Jamie Harrison. Each got the support of 44% of respondents, while 9% said they were undecided.
More South Carolina voters disapproved, 47%, of the job Graham was doing than approved, 43%.
Zack Carrol, who ran Rep. Andy Kim’s (D-Marlton) 2018 campaign, is managing Harrison’s Senate bid.
Collins situation is the direst. The four-term senator trails Democrat Sara Gideon 43%-47% with 6% of voters undecided.
The incumbent’s approvals were further underwater than those of her comrades. Just 43% approved of the job she was doing, while 52% disapproved.
“She has both defied President Trump and backed him to the hilt,” Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy said. “An embattled Republican in a northeastern state, Senator Collins faces the political challenge of her life.”
President Donald Trump still holds leads over former Vice President Joe Biden in the two southern states — he’s up over Biden 50%-41% in Kentucky and 47%-42% in South Carolina — but Biden holds a 15-point lead on the president in Maine, 52%-37%.
The President holds net-positive approvals in Kentucky and South Carolina, 49%-47% in both states, but Maine voters disapprove of the job he’s been doing 60%-37%.
If Democrats will take the majority in the Senate if they win three seats and the presidency. If Biden loses, they’d need four seats.
A Monmouth University poll released Wednesday found Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) holds a narrow three-point lead over challenger Theresa Greenfield, leading the Democrat 48%-45%.