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 BlackburnTaylor Swift says she wants to get more involved in politics Bipartisan lawmakers introduce resolution supporting vaccines Hillicon Valley: Cohen stuns Washington with testimony | Claims Trump knew Stone spoke to WikiLeaks | Stone, WikiLeaks deny | TikTok gets record fine | Senators take on tech over privacy 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 CorkerTrump keeps tight grip on GOP Brexit and exit: A transatlantic comparison Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger 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 TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say MORE held a rally in Tennessee earlier this week to drum up support for Blackburn.