U.S. Senate races in Nevada and Pennsylvania could turn into nail-biters as the midterm election approaches Nov. 8, with Rasmussen Reports showing the Republican ahead in the Silver State while Pennsylvania could lean Democrat.
According to Rasmussen, if the Senate election were held now, 48% of Nevada Likely Voters would vote for Republican former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, while 43% would vote to reelect Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto.
Back in the Keystone State, it appears Democrat John Fetterman is ahead of Republican Mehmet Oz by a couple of points (45-43%), which some observers consider a virtual dead heat with less than two weeks before the midterms. They are running to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, and Democrats hope to pick up the seat.
In gubernatorial races, Republican Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo is up by five points at 47 percent, while Democrat incumbent Gov. Steve Sisolak is coming in at 42 percent in the Nevada contest.
In Pennsylvania, Democrat State Attorney General Josh Shapiro has a slight lead over Republican State Sen. Doug Mastriano (43-40%).
But there is an interesting note in the Rasmussen report: “If the elections for Congress were held today, 45% of Pennsylvania Likely Voters would vote for the Republican candidate and 44% would vote for the Democratic candidate.” This definitely makes Pennsylvania a toss-up state, at least right now.
According to Rasmussen, Nevadans are predictably split along party lines.
“In the Senate race,” the veteran polling firm reported, “80% of Republicans would vote for Laxalt and 81% of Democrats would vote for Cortez Masto, while among voters not affiliated with either major party, Laxalt has an 18-point advantage, 48% to 30%, over Cortez Masto. Similarly, in the gubernatorial contest, 77% of Republicans would vote for Lombardo and 76% of Democrats would vote for Sisolak, while Lombardo leads by 48%-31% among unaffiliated voters.”
Likewise, in Pennsylvania, “Eighty percent (80%) of Democrats would vote for Fetterman in the Senate race, while 76% of Republicans would vote for Oz,” according to Rasmussen. “Among unaffiliated voters, Oz leads narrowly, 35% to 34% for Fetterman. Seventy-four percent (74%) of Democrats would vote for Shapiro in the gubernatorial contest, while 69% of Republicans would vote for Mastriano. Among unaffiliated voters, Mastriano has a three-point lead, 33% to 30% for Shapiro.”