- The Washington Times
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Republican U.S. Senate candidates have healthy leads over their Democratic opponents in Kentucky, Alabama and Texas while Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is locked in a tight battle with Democrat Jaime Harrison, according to polling released on Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held a 17-point, 53% to 36% lead over Democrat Amy McGrath in Kentucky, according to the Morning Consult poll.

Ms. McGrath, a retired fighter pilot, has raised tens of millions of dollars for her campaign but barely survived a Democratic primary contest in June, edging out Charles Booker by about 3 points.

In Alabama, Republican nominee Tommy Tuberville had a 17-point, 52% to 35% lead over Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in the GOP’s best pick-up opportunity on the 2020 U.S. Senate map.

In Texas, GOP Sen. John Cornyn had a 6-point, 44% to 38% lead over Democrat MJ Hegar, who won a Democratic primary runoff last month.

In South Carolina, Mr. Graham had a 1-point, 44% to 43% lead over Mr. Harrison.

As Republican incumbents in battleground states ponder putting some distance between themselves and President Trump, the president had a larger vote share than the GOP Senate candidate in all four states, which have historically been solidly Republican at the presidential level.

Mr. Trump had a 24-point, 59% to 35% lead over presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden in Kentucky and a 22-point, 58% to 36% lead over Mr. Biden in Alabama.

In South Carolina, Mr. Trump had a 5-point, 49% to 44% lead over Mr. Biden, and Mr. Biden had a 1-point, 47% to 46% edge over Mr. Trump in Texas, which has not broken for a Democratic presidential candidate in more than four decades.

The surveys were conducted from July 24-Aug. 2.

The Kentucky poll of 793 likely voters has a 3-point margin of error, the Alabama poll of 609 likely voters has a 4-point margin of error, the South Carolina poll of 741 likely voters has a 4-point margin of error, and the Texas poll of 2,576 likely voters has a 2-point margin of error.

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