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Democrats Expand Leads in Key Senate Races

Martha McSally

Several Democratic Senate candidates in key races expand leads threatening Mitch McConnell’s role as majority leader.

As the reaction to the death of George Floyd sparks protests across the country, recent polling shows Democrats gaining in key Senate races.

In Maine, four-term Republican moderate Susan Collins trails Sara Gideon by 9 points according to polling released on May 28. Gideon’s lead over Collins on March 5th was 4 points.

Democratic Senator Gary Peters’ lead over Republican challenger John James has grown 3 points to 12% in Michigan polling released May 21.

In Arizona, Mark Kelly’s lead over sitting Republican senator Martha McSally has grown 1 point to 10% according to polling released May 27.

As of May 30, Democrats lead Republicans in seven races for Republican-held Senate seats. A gain of four seats transfers Senate control to Democrats.

In South Carolina, polling from Civiqs released May 27 shows Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison in a dead heat with Lindsay Graham. Graham, a fervent Trump loyalist, was elected to the Senate in 2002 following the retirement of Strom Thurmond.

Polling provided by Five Thirty Eight.

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