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Friday, September 05, 2014

What America Thinks: Election Update – Week of 9/5/14

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 Louisiana Senate Race is still close. Republicans are hoping to pick this one up, and GOP Congressman Bill Cassidy now leads incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu by three points – 44% to 41% - after trailing by a similar margin in July. But this race is still a Toss-Up in the 2014 Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power rankings.

The other Senate races we looked at this week aren't quite so dramatic. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell still leads Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes—46% to 41%--in Kentucky. The Bluegrass State is rated Leans Republican.

GOP Congressman James Lankford has a two-to-one lead over Democratic State Senator Connie Johnson – 58% to 29% – in Oklahoma. At stake is the seat held by Republican Senator Tom Coburn, who is resigning with two years left in his term. Oklahoma is rated Safe Republican in our Balance of Power rankings.

Oregon remains Safe Democrat with our latest numbers showing Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley with a 48% to 35% lead over GOP challenger Monica Wehby.

At week’s end, the Rasmussen Senate Balance of Power Rankings show 15 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.