Polls From Last Week Show Pro-Life Candidates Winning or in Close Races
by Steven Ertelt
October 10, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A handful of new polls from late last week show pro-life candidates either winning or facing close election contests. The new numbers come as some political observers are saying the odds of pro-life advocates recapturing the House and Senate from abortion proponents is now 50-50.
In the Washington Senate race, pro-life Republican challenger Dino Rossi has edged slightly ahead of pro-abortion incumbent Democrat Patty Murray.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Washington shows Rossi with 49% of the vote, while Murrays support stands at 46%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and two percent (2%) are undecided.
A week ago, the candidates were in a virtual tie as they have been through much of the year, with Rossi earning 48% to Murrays 47%. Still, Murrays support has fallen from a high earlier last month of 51%, while Rossi’s appears to be trending up slightly.
A new Rasmussen poll of the Minnesota governor’s race shows pro-abortion Democrat Mark Dayton and pro-life Republican Tom Emmer are still in a virtual tie.
The poll shows shows Dayton picking up 40% of the vote, while Emmer draws support from 38%. Independence Party candidate Tom Horner remains a distant third with 15%. One percent (1%) prefer a different candidate, and five percent (5%) are still undecided.
Next, Republican Nathan Deal now holds a nine-point lead over Democrat Roy Barnes in the race to be Georgias next governor. Rasmussen finds Deal earning 50% of the vote, while Barnes receives 41% support. Libertarian candidate John Monds is a far distant third with three percent (3%).
In Texas, pro-life Republican Governor Rick Perry has now moved past 50% support against pro-abortion Democratic challenger Bill White in his bid for reelection in Texas. Rasmussen shows Perry picking up 53% of the vote, while White, a former mayor of Houston, earns 42% support.
Looking at the Florida Senate race, coming off a contentious televised debate, pro-life Republican Marco Rubio has now jumped to a two-to-one lead over pro-abortion independent candidate Charlie Crist. Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek still runs third.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters shows Rubio with 50% of the vote, up nine points from just over a week ago and his best showing in the race to date.
Support for Crist, the states current GOP governor, has fallen to a new low of 25%, while Meek captures 19%. Three percent (3%) like another candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) more are undecided.
In the Nevada gubernatorial race, Republican Brian Sandoval still holds a 13-point lead over Democrat Rory Reid as Rasmussen shows Sandoval picking up 53% of the vote while Reid earns 40% support. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate and five percent (5%) are undecided.
Sandoval, a former federal judge and state attorney general, has earned 45% to 58% support in the race since February. Reid, head of the Clark County Board of Commissioners and son of Senator Harry Reid, has earned 31% to 40% of the vote during the same period.
While Sandoval is supported by 90% of Nevada Republicans, Reid draws support from just 78% of Democrats. Sandoval holds a greater than 30-point lead among voters not affiliated with either major political party.
The Rasmussen poll shows Republican Dennis Daugaard continues to sit comfortably ahead of Democrat Scott Heidepriem in the South Dakota gubernatorial race.
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