Sara gideon | Polls show that Gideon is ahead of Collins in Maine and that McConnell.

Sara gideon | Polls show that Gideon is ahead of Collins in Maine and that McConnell.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is running for reelection in South Carolina, and a third poll from Quinnipiac University indicates a tie.

In contrast to prior statistics that indicated a close race as Collins seeks a fifth term this fall, a recent poll indicates that Democrat Sara Gideon is taking a sizable lead over Republican Sen. Susan Collins in the Maine Senate race.

One of three polls released on Wednesday was the one from Quinnipiac University. According to a Kentucky poll, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leads Democratic opponent Amy McGrath by double digits. In South Carolina, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democrat Jaime Harrison are even.

The contest between Gideon and Collins has been one of the most costly in the country and is one of the most important for determining who controls the Senate in 2019. Republicans are thought to have a better chance of winning in Kentucky and South Carolina, even though Graham is up for the most expensive and difficult reelection of his career.

According to the poll, Gideon had 54 percent of the support of likely voters compared to Collins’ 42 percent.

In the poll, only 43% of voters had a good opinion of Collins, compared to 51% who had an unfavorable opinion of the venerable senator. 49 percent of voters had a favorable opinion of Gideon, as opposed to the Democrat’s 37 percent favorable and unfavorable opinion.

The double-digit lead Gideon now enjoys in this contest is by far the biggest he has attained in any public poll to date. The average of the RealClearPolitics polls showed Gideon in the lead by 4.5 percentage points. According to a Quinnipiac study conducted in August, Gideon was ahead of all registered voters, 47 percent to 43 percent.

Harrison and Graham received the same amount of support from likely voters in South Carolina (48%). Graham’s reputation was a little underwater: 44% of respondents thought favorably of him, while 49% thought negatively of him. A favorable opinion of Harrison was held by 47% of probable voters, while a negative opinion was held by 34%.

Among likely voters in Kentucky, McConnell has a sizable edge against McGrath, 53 percent to 41 percent.

Only 44% of respondents had a good opinion of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, while 46% had a negative opinion. 34 percent of people thought McGrath’s underwater photo was favorable, while 47 percent thought it was bad.

Despite having lesser margins of victory than when he won those two states in 2016, President Donald Trump is ahead in Kentucky and South Carolina. Compared to Hillary Clinton’s 3-point triumph over Trump in 2016, the survey in Maine shows Biden leading by more than 20 points, 59 percent to 38 percent.

The dates of the three surveys are 10-14 September. With a plus or minus 2.9 percentage point margin of error, 1,164 likely voters in Kentucky were surveyed. With a plus or minus 2.9 percentage point margin of error, Quinnipiac polled 1,183 likely Maine voters. The margin of error for the 969 likely voters questioned in South Carolina was plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

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