A fresh poll reported Tuesday in the Oregon Senate race shows Democratic challenger Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleySenate Democrats introduce bill to block Trump's refugee ban Overnight Defense: Army secretary easily confirmed | Army denies changing mental health standards | US to trim peacekeeping funds | House passes bill to speed up approval of battlefield medicines Senate approves Trump's Army pick MORE widening his lead over Republican incumbent Gordon Smith.

The poll of 672 likely voters, conducted by Survey USA over the weekend, shows Merkley at 49 percent to 42 percent for Smith