Republican candidates are maintaining leads in Senate races in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to an independent poll released today, providing the GOP renewed hope of picking off those three Democratic-held seats.
In Colorado, Republican Ken Buck leads Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet by 8 percentage points, according to the McClatchy-Marist poll. In Pennsylvania, Republican Pat Toomey is ahead of Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak by 9 percentage points. And in Wisconsin, Republican Ron Johnson is beating Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold by 7 percentage points.
"Right now, the GOP is poised to pick up a seat in each of these three states," Lee Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, said in a statement. "It doesn't deliver them the majority in the U.S. Senate, but they don't get there without these seats in their winning column."
Republicans need to capture 10 Democratic-held seats in November to regain the Senate majority. The non-partisan Cook Political Report shows 12 Democratic-held seats and four Republican seats as tossups or as possible takeovers. (Source USA Today)