GOP polls show trio of Senate Democrats in tough races

Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) hold narrow single-digit leads against their most likely opponents, according to the polls. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) holds a solid double-digit lead over her most likely opponent for her state's open seat.

Begich, Landrieu and Pryor all lead their likely opponents by three points or a less, a sign all three will have tough races this fall.

If Begich faces either Alaska Lieutenant Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) or former Alaska Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan (R) he's in a tight race. But if 2010 Senate nominee Joe Miller (R) wins the primary, a less likely scenario, Begich's lead jumps to a 27-point edge.

The surveys were conducted by the GOP firm Harper Polling in the last week of September, before the government shutdown that has hurt Republicans' numbers nationwide.

A Crossroads spokesman says the group did not poll other top-tier Senate races like Montana and North Carolina. The polling included a primary test showing Capito with a clear lead over her opponents, but the spokesman says they didn't conducted similar surveys on Alaska's GOP primary or test a Tea Party candidate in Louisiana.

This post was updated at 10:40 a.m.

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