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Polling Shows Georgia Sens. Jon Tester, Heidi Heitkamp In Trouble

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Two new polls released Monday show Republican Sen. David Perdue leading Democratic challenger Michelle Nunn, a gap of 4 percentage points wider than in a poll released just before Labor Day.

The Georgia Senate race is a marquee battleground in the Democrats’ effort to retake the Senate this year. As is the case in most other Senate races, the presidential race remains tied.

The NBC News/Marist College poll found Perdue leading Nunn 51 percent to 46 percent in a race they say was too close to call.

In an NBC/Marist poll in August, Perdue led Nunn 49 percent to 47 percent.

Other polls have found Perdue leading by as much as 10 points in recent months.

That Perdue leads by 4 points in this poll, which surveyed 803 likely voters, may suggest he’s still vulnerable. He, like all incumbents in the state, has had a big advantage in voter engagement, as more Georgians say they’ve volunteered for a political campaign or party organization than said so in August.

Perdue’s favorability rating among likely voters remains poor, with 54 percent viewing him unfavorably.

All told, as Perdue starts to jostle with Nunn, other candidates for re-election are still hurting.

Sens. Jon Tester and Heidi Heitkamp, both Democrats from Montana and North Dakota, continue to trail their Republican challengers, Greg Gianforte and Kevin Cramer, respectively.

And Republican incumbent and former Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is now trailing Democratic challenger Lucy McBath in a poll from Ipsos Public Affairs. In August, Deal trailed McBath 49 percent to 44 percent.

The NBC/Marist poll of Georgia was conducted Oct. 17-21 and surveyed 976 likely voters. The poll’s margin of error is 4.9 percentage points.

The Ipsos/Reuters poll of Georgia was conducted Oct. 16-21 and surveyed 739 likely voters. It’s margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.

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