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 BlackburnSocial media summit highlights partisan approaches on tech Trump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Hillicon Valley: Trump rails against 'terrible bias' at White House social media summit | Twitter hit by hour-long outage | Google admits workers listen to smart device recordings 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 announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' 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 TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE held a rally in Tennessee earlier this week to drum up support for Blackburn.