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Friday, September 12, 2014

What America Thinks: Election Update – Week of 9/12/14

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 Colorado Senate race is still as close as ever, with Democratic Senator Mark Udall earning 44% support to Republican challenger Cory Gardner’s 42%. Colorado remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports 2014 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

Colorado’s governor’s race is also a near tie, as Republican Bob Beauprez leads incumbent Democrat John Hickenlooper by just one point, 45% to 44%. This race, too, remains a Toss-Up on the Rasmussen Reports 2014 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

Florida’s governor’s race is still a toss-up as well, with Republican Governor Rick Scott earning 40% to Democratic predecessor Charlie Crist’s 42%.

In Maine’s closely-watched governor’s race, Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud now leads incumbent Republican Paul LePage by four points – 43% to 39% -- while Independent Eliot Cutler pulls in 15% support. This race is a Toss-Up on the Gubernatorial Scorecard.

In North Carolina, incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan now leads Republican challenger Thom Tillis 45% to 39%. Tillis lead by a similar margin a month ago. However, among voters who say they are certain to vote on Election Day, Hagan’s lead drops to just two points. North Carolina moves from Leans Republican to Leans Democrat in the Balance of Power rankings.

At week’s end, the Rasmussen Senate Balance of Power Rankings show 15 races Safe Republican and six Safe Democrat. Two lean Republican, while three 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.