Poll: GOP senators lead in four key swing states
© Greg Nash

Republican incumbents are leading their Democratic Senate challengers in four crucial swing states, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday.


GOP Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump Paul's demand to out whistleblower rankles GOP colleagues MORE (Fla.), Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSaagar Enjeti claims Pelosi's impeachment strategy could hurt 2020 Democrats The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi accuses Trump of 'bribery' in Ukraine dealings GOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial MORE (N.C.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanWhy Republicans are afraid to call a key witness in the impeachment inquiry Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump GOP lawmakers fear Trump becoming too consumed by impeachment fight MORE (Ohio) and Pat Toomey (Pa.) all lead their opponents, in addition to outperforming the Republican at the top of the ticket, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE.

Toomey holds the narrowest lead, outpacing Democratic candidate Katie McGinty by just 1 point, 46 percent to 45 percent.

The GOP’s strongest race of the four is in Ohio, where Portman is leading former Gov. Ted Strickland by 11 points, 51 percent to 40 percent. 

Strickland’s bid is complicated by the fact that he is struggling to court women voters, who traditionally lean Democratic. Forty-six percent of female likely voters in Ohio are backing Portman, while 45 percent are supporting Strickland.

And in North Carolina, Burr is leading Deborah Ross 49 percent to 43 percent.

Rubio holds a similar lead over Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy (D), outpacing him by 7 points, 50 percent to 43 percent.

The poll surveyed 601 Florida likely voters with a margin of error of 4 percentage points, 751 North Carolina likely voters with a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points, 775 Ohio likely voters with a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points and 778 Pennsylvania likely voters with a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

A separate Quinnipiac survey released Thursday showed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJordan calls Pelosi accusing Trump of bribery 'ridiculous' DOJ watchdog won't let witnesses submit written feedback on investigation into Russia probe: report What are Republicans going to do after Donald Trump leaves office? MORE leading Trump in both Pennsylvania and North Carolina, tied with him in Florida and trailing him by a single point in Ohio. Taken together, the polls indicate many swing state voters may be ready to split their ticket.