Quinnipiac Poll: GOP Looks to Hold Senate As Dem Swing State Challengers Falter; ‘Trump No Hindrance Down-Ticket’

Breitbart | 7/15/2016 | Staff
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Republican hopes to hold the Senate are being bolstered by a Quinnipiac University poll showing GOP incumbents leading in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, three critical swing states.

“The numbers seem to be breaking the Republican way in the battle for control of the U.S. Senate, at least when it comes to the critical swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

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“The Swing State Poll focuses on Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania because since 1960 no candidate has won the presidential race without taking at least two of these three states,” according to the poll’s executive summary. “Noteworthy is Ohio where former Gov. Ted Strickland, who had an early lead but now trails Sen. Rob Portman (R.-Ohio) by 7 percentage points,” the poll found.

In Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.) leads Rep. Patrick Murphy (D.-Fla.) 50 percent to 37 percent and the senator leads the other leading Democrat in the race, Rep. Alan Grayson (D.-Fla.) similarly: 50 percent to 38 percent. While in Pennsylvania, Sen. Pat Toomey (R.-Pa.) over Democrat Katie McGinty 49 percent to 39 percent.

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“Portman had trailed for much of the campaign, but now has moved clearly ahead of Democratic challenger Ted Strickland, a former governor.

“Many talking heads have suggested that with Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket, Republican Senate candidates might suffer,” Brown added. “But at least in these three key states, the Republican Senate candidates are running ahead of Trump and don’t seem to be hurt by their shared party label.”

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