PPP poll: Dem leads by 5 points in Tennessee Senate race

PPP poll: Dem leads by 5 points in Tennessee Senate race
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Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) holds a slight lead over his likely U.S. Senate race opponent, Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGraham, Van Hollen introduce Turkey sanctions bill Lawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show GOP senators say Erdoğan White House invitation should be revoked MORE (R), according to a poll released Wednesday. 

The poll, conducted by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling, found 46 percent of respondents would vote for Bredesen, compared to 41 percent who said they’d vote for Blackburn. The two are vying to replace Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerVulnerable senators hold the key to Trump's fate Trump's GOP impeachment firewall holds strong George Conway hits Republicans for not saying Trump's name while criticizing policy MORE (R), who is not seeking reelection.

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The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the election as a "toss-up."

Wednesday's poll surveyed roughly 1,000 Tennesseans and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

One poll conducted in mid-December by a pro-Trump super PAC found Blackburn leading Bredesen by 9 points, while another poll conducted for Senate Democrats' campaign arm showed the former governor leading by 5 points.

Bredesen is currently the only Democrat in the race. Democrat James Mackler, an attorney and Iraq War veteran, dropped out following Bredesen’s entry.

Blackburn, meanwhile, is expected to face a competitive GOP primary. She outraised her main primary opponent, former Rep. Stephen FincherStephen Lee FincherTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Lamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE, by more than $500,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to numbers released by both campaigns.

Tennessee has not elected a Democratic senator since 1990. President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE won the state by 26 points in 2016.