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Friday, August 29, 2014

What America Thinks: Election Update - Week of 8/28/14

Thirty-six U.S. Senate seats are on the ballot this November. Twenty-one of them are held by Democrats and 15 by Republicans.

In Rasmussen Reports polling this week, the Alaska Senate race is a near tie: Republican Dan Sullivan holds a narrow 47% to 45% lead over incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Begich. Alaska, which is critical to Republican hopes of taking control of the Senate, remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports 2014 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

The Senate race is a dead heat in Arkansas, with Democratic Senator Mark Pryor earning 44% of the vote to Republican challenger Tom Cotton’s 43%. Cotton held a slight lead in earlier surveys, but that support has started to slip. In the state’s governor’s race, Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson are equally as close, 46% to 44%. Both of these races are Toss-Ups.

In Wyoming’s Senate race, incumbent Republican Mike Enzi holds a 63% to 27% lead over Democrat Charlie Hardy, making Wisconsin Safe Republican in the Balance of Power rankings.

The incumbent Republican governors in Alaska, South Carolina and Wyoming all have comfortable leads at this point. All 3 races are rated Safe Republican on the 2014 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

At week’s end, the Rasmussen Senate Balance of Power Rankings show 14 races Safe Republican and six Safe Democrat. Three lean Republican, while two lean Democrat. Six races are Toss-Ups. The Republicans need six seats to take control of the Senate.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.