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New polls show GOP with advantage in midterms

The New York Times gives the GOP a 61 percent chance of retaking the Senate.

By Thor Benson
New polls show GOP with advantage in midterms

According to new NBC/Marist polls, the GOP is leading in Arkansas and Kentucky, which could mean they'll soon control the Senate. If the Republicans take the Senate in November, they'll control both houses of Congress.

The Arkansas race consisted of Republican Rep. Tom Cotton and Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor. When asked who they would vote for if Arkansas citizens were going to vote today, Cotton received five more points (45-40) than Pryor. In the Kentucky race between Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, McConnell leads by eight points (47-39). The same poll shows Colorado's Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall maintaining his position by a slim margin.

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The New York Times' Nate Cohn claims the races across the United States have been surprisingly consistent in polling results, but he still believes: "The results nonetheless suggest that Republicans, who received good news in Alaska, hold an advantage in the fight for control of the Senate. They hold at least a nominal lead in eight states held by Democrats, more than the six they need to retake the chamber."

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