2014 Senate Polls Update: Iowa, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Kansas
Earlier this week we reported the latest poll numbers for every single senate race in the country. Today we look at six of the most competitive senate races to see where things stand as November approaches.
Let’s start with Kansas, which is one of the most interesting races in the country. Governor Sam Brownback appears to be headed for a big time defeat and is bringing down Republican Senator Pat Roberts with him. It appeared that Roberts was neck-and-neck with Democrat Chad Taylor. Taylor has since dropped out of the race (although his name will still appear on the ballot) in favor of independent candidate Greg Orman.
In the latest Survey USA poll, Orman leads Roberts by a single point while Taylor is still polling at 10 percent. With Taylor essentially out of the picture, it appears that Orman is the odds-on favorite to win Kansas.
Iowa is truly one of the closest races in the country after three straight August polls had the race completely tied. Three September polls show Democrat Bruce Braley inching ahead as a CBS News/NY Times poll has Braley up by 2, a Loras College poll has him up by 4, and a new CNN poll has him up by a point. Iowa is truly too-close-to-call and likely will be until Election Day.
In Colorado, incumbent Democrat Mark Udall has now led Republican challenger Cory Gardner in six straight polls since July. The latest Denver Post/Survey USA poll has Udall up by 4 while a Rasmussen poll has him up by 2 and an NBC News/Marist poll has him up by 6. Udall appears to be the slight frontrunner and has been since polling began in March.
In Georgia, Republican David Perdue has now led Democrat Michelle Nunn in three straight September polls. A CBS/NYT poll has him up by 6, a Survey USA poll has him up by 3, and an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll has him up by 4. Perdue appears to have the slight edge heading toward October.
North Carolina is another toss-up state after incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan posted slight leads in four of the last five polls while Republican challenger Thom Tillis has led three of the last seven polls. A new Rasmussen poll has Hagan leading by 6 while a Survey USA poll has her up by 1. At this point, North Carolina is anyone’s to win.
The Democrats did get some good news out of Michigan, however, where Democrat Gary Peters has led Republican Terri Lynn Land in three straight polls. A Detroit News poll has Peters up by 10, a PPP poll has Peters up by 5, and a USA Today poll has Peters up by 9. Peters appears to be the frontrunner in this one.