Poll: GOP's Blackburn leads Democrat Bredesen by 5 points in Tennessee Senate race

Poll: GOP's Blackburn leads Democrat Bredesen by 5 points in Tennessee Senate race
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Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGraham warns of 5G security threat from China Export-Import Bank back to full strength after Senate confirmations Trump, Senate GOP discuss effort to overhaul legal immigration MORE (R-Tenn.) leads former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) by 5 points in the Tennessee Senate race heading into the final month of the campaign, according to a new poll.

A Fox News poll released Wednesday found that, among likely voters, Blackburn holds a 48-43 edge in the race to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCorker: 'I just don't' see path to challenge Trump in 2020 Ex-GOP Sen. Corker: Trump primary would be 'good thing for our country' Pollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge MORE (R-Tenn.).

Blackburn holds a 17 point advantage among men, while Bredesen has a 5 point lead among women, according to the poll.

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While Blackburn has the edge among white voters, 54-37, Bredesen has an even stronger advantage among nonwhite voters, where he holds an overwhelming 72-19 lead, according to the poll.

The poll did not survey enough independent voters to determine who leads among that subgroup.

The poll surveyed 666 likely voters from Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The poll's results show Blackburn with a wider edge than some other polling in the race. A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Blackburn's lead at less than 1 percentage point.

The Cook Political Report rates the contest as a "toss-up."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE held a rally in Tennessee earlier this week to drum up support for Blackburn.