Senate poll raises Republican hopes in Pennsylvania, Florida
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Republicans have narrow leads in two Senate races they must win to hold the majority, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

In Florida, Quinnipiac University’s survey finds Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide Congress eyes tighter restrictions on next round of small business help Trump administration eyes new strategy on COVID-19 tests MORE (R) ahead of Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) by a slim, 2-point margin, at 49 percent to 47 percent. And in Pennsylvania, Sen. Patrick ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyGOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general MORE (R) leads Democrat Katie McGinty by a 49 percent to 45 percent margin, the poll found.

Democrats need a net gain of at least 5 seats to win 51-seat majority in the Senate and have placed high hopes on Pennsylvania, a state where their presidential nominee, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race Democrats try to turn now into November The Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump MORE, has consistently led Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Trump to hold outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday Eighty-eight years of debt pieties MORE in polls.

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While Republicans are worried about Toomey, they are more confident about Florida. The Miami Herald reported on Tuesday that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is pulling resources from the state, which could be a sign that they no longer think Murphy can win. 

The Quinnipiac survey also found that Sens. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHouse Democrats chart course to 'solving the climate crisis' by 2050 'The Senate could certainly use a pastor': Georgia Democrat seeks to seize 'moral moment' Some realistic solutions for income inequality MORE (D-Colo.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Democratic proposal to extend 0 unemployment checks Senate Democrats offer plan to extend added jobless benefits during pandemic Senators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls MORE (R-Ohio) could be headed for a cakewalk on Election Day.

Bennet leads local Republican county commissioner Darryl Glenn by a margin of 56 percent to 38 percent; Portman leads former Gov. Ted Strickland (D) by a margin of 54 percent to 41 percent. 

Quinnipiac surveyed more than 600 likely voters in each state on land lines and cellphones with margins of error at about 4 percent. The polling took place from Oct. 10 to 16.