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Poll: Dems maintain double-digit leads in Minnesota Senate races

Poll: Dems maintain double-digit leads in Minnesota Senate races
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Sens. Tina SmithTina Flint SmithWarren stalls confirmation of Biden pick in push for student loan reforms Usher attends Juneteenth bill signing at White House Schumer vows to only pass infrastructure package that is 'a strong, bold climate bill' MORE (D) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Tech antitrust bills create strange bedfellows in House markup | Rick Scott blocks Senate vote on top cyber nominee until Harris visits border | John McAfee dies Klobuchar questions Amazon, Alphabet over smart-home devices Schumer vows next steps after 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE (D) have double-digit leads in their reelection bids over their Republican opponents in Minnesota, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll released Wednesday.

Smith, who was appointed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) to fill the remainder of former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenAl Franken to launch 15-stop comedy tour Democrats, GOP face crowded primaries as party leaders lose control Gillibrand: 'I definitely want to run for president again' MORE’s term, has a 16-point edge over Republican state Senator Karin Housley.

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About 54 percent of likely voters support Smith, while 38 percent support Housley and seven percent are undecided.

While both candidates have net-positive favorability ratings, Smith’s margin is noticeably wider than that of Housley.

About 51 percent of likely voters have a favorable view of Smith, compared to 26 percent who have an unfavorable view. About 32 percent of likely voters have a favorable view of Housley, while 25 percent view her negatively. 

Housley also suffers from lower name recognition, with 42 percent of likely voters saying they have not heard of her.

The race is rated "lean Democratic" by The Cook Political Report.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota's second Senate race, Klobuchar has a 30-point lead over Republican state Rep. Jim Newberger, earning the support of 63 percent of likely voters compared to Newberger’s 33 percent. 

The favorability rating gap in this race resembles Smith’s race, with both candidates having net-positive ratings but Klobuchar attaining a higher margin.

About 64 percent of likely voters have a favorable view of Klobuchar, while 29 percent have an unfavorable one. Approximately 30 percent of likely voters view Newberger favorably, while 20 have an unfavorable view.

A full half of likely voters say they have not heard of Newberger.

President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE, who has endorsed both Housley and Newberger, is broadly unpopular, however. About 38 percent of likely voters approve of the job he is doing, while 56 percent disapprove.

The partisan chaos in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court strikes down FHFA director's firing protection Student athletes or independent contractors? Supreme Court moves the goalposts on the NCAA Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda MORE, who was publicly accused by three women of sexual misconduct, electrified Senate races across the country, and Minnesota’s races are no different.

About 30 percent of likely voters said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supported Kavanaugh’s nomination, while 48 percent said they would be less likely. Both Smith and Klobuchar voted against Kavanaugh.

Cook rates Klobuchar’s race as “Solid Democratic.”

The poll surveyed 637 likely voters from Sept. 30-Oct. 4 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percent.