With less than a week to go until Election Day, Republicans are seeing their odds improve of holding a critical Senate seat in Tennessee after a brief scare, though warning signs are emerging out West — with controversial Democrat Kyrsten Sinema pulling slightly ahead in Arizona.
In Tennessee, an NBC News/Marist poll found Rep. Marsha Blackburn ahead of Democratic rival and former governor Phil Bredesen by 5 points, rebounding from an earlier survey putting Bredesen ahead by a hair.
While a Vanderbilt University poll earlier this month showed Bredesen up by 1 point, the latest poll has Blackburn ahead 51-46 percent. It’s another sign that pop star Taylor Swift’s endorsement of the Democrat may have had limited impact. However, Republicans may be concerned their lead isn’t bigger considering the voter makeup — the NBC poll’s sample shows that 43 percent of likely voters identify as Republicans, but just 27 percent identify as Democrats. President Trump is due to visit the state on Sunday.
“We knew from the get-go it was going to be tight, this is his fourth state-wide race and this is my first,” Blackburn said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday.