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 RubioMeet Maduro, Venezuela's copycat dictator Politifact names conspiracies about Parkland students as 2018's 'lie of the year' Republicans skeptical of Trump’s plan to have military build the wall 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 ToomeyOvernight 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 WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race 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 ClintonCohen once teased Hillary Clinton about going to prison. Now he's been sentenced to 36 months The Hill's 12:30 Report — Cohen gets three years in prison | Fallout from Oval Office clash | House GOP eyes vote on B for wall Contest offers 'Broadway play and chardonnay' with Clinton MORE, has consistently led Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpActivists highlight Trump ties to foreign autocrats in hotel light display Jose Canseco pitches Trump for chief of staff: ‘Worried about you looking more like a Twinkie everyday’ Dershowitz: Mueller's report will contain 'sins' but no 'impeachable offense' MORE in polls.

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 BennetWould-be 2020 Dem candidates head for the exits The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — What the Michael Flynn news means California primary threatens to change 2020 game for Dems MORE (D-Colo.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanDrug company to offer cheaper opioid overdose treatment after hiking price 600 percent The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Congress to act soon to avoid shutdown On The Money: Trump touts China actions day after stock slide | China 'confident' on new trade deal | GM chief meets lawmakers to calm anger over cuts | Huawei CFO arrested 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.