Senate races locked up in Virginia, Wisconsin
August 8th, 2012
02:06 PM ET
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Senate races locked up in Virginia, Wisconsin

(CNN) – Three months ahead of November's general election, races for the U.S. Senate are deadlocked in Virginia and Wisconsin, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Virginia's two candidates – former Governors Tim Kaine and George Allen – are statistically tied in their race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Jim Webb. Kaine, a Democrat, stood at 48% in the Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll, while Allen, a Republican, was at 46%.

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"Virginia's U.S. Senate has been a dead heat since it began," Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, wrote in a statement accompanying the poll's release. "It's pretty clear that whether George Allen or Tim Kaine becomes the Old Dominion's next senator, it almost certainly will be by a razor-thin margin."

Virginia's Republican governor Bob McDonnell held a 52% approval rating, according to the poll. McDonnell has been the subject of speculation as a potential vice presidential pick for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, and will campaign with him on the Virginia leg of his bus tour at the end of this week.

In Wisconsin, three Republican candidates are vying to compete against Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the general election. The victor in that race will replace Sen. Herb Kohl, a four-term Democrat who announced he was not running for re-election in May 2011.

A GOP primary will be held August 14 between former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and banking executive Eric Hovde.

In Wednesday's poll, all three Republican candidates were stacked closely against Baldwin in potential match-ups. Baldwin was at 48% to Neumann's 45%, 47% to Hovde's 43%, and 47% to an identical 47% for Thompson.

"No matter who wins next week's GOP senate primary the fall campaign against U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin looks like it will be a nail-biter," Brown said.

Gov. Scott Walker, who survived a recall election in June, enjoyed a 52% approval rating among Wisconsin voters.

The Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll was conducted July 31-August 6, with 1,412 likely voters in Virginia and 1,428 likely voters in Wisconsin questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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Filed under: George Allen • Jim Webb • Senate Race • Tammy Baldwin • Tim Kaine • Tommy Thompson • Virginia • Wisconsin
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    As a Virginian, Kaine has my vote. He could have been the worst governor in Virginia's history for all I care. I'm not voting for a racist at all.

    August 8, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Logic N LA

    I think in november you wil find that the good people of Wisconsin were not in favor of the governor, just opposed to a recall and will vote the democrat in for the Senate. In a split sate like this- no one will support a candidate that would want to take away workers rights.

    August 8, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    If you refer to someone as "macaca" in public, I can only imagine the derogatory things you say about them in private and at the kitchen table Mr. Allen.

    August 8, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. 2012liberal

    Wow disgusting any republican gov would hv over 50%.

    August 8, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. John the Historian

    Willard will lose big time. The Democratsw will retake the house and will win more Senate seats. The landslide is coming. One in their right mind will vote for a one percenter, mormon cult follower and flip flop newly-found Neocon. Want to see a world depression then vote for Willard and see a war with Iran. These Republican governors and congressmen with their tea party support will lose just want to bring back the 1950s and are so out of touch with America. Obama 2012 !!!!

    August 8, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    2012liberal - Wow disgusting any republican gov would hv over 50%.
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    That's what happens when you run a state properly, ie. NOT LIKE A DEMOCRAT. Go take another drink of koolaide dodo.

    August 8, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. tee27

    The only thing i can say about the GOP party is WOW ! how can anyone vote for them, This will never happen in the Dems party, Steve Smith, White Supremacist, Elected To Republican Party

    August 8, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. ltnet356

    Wow! The hate from the left is strong. Glad they are tollerant.

    August 8, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Perry, Brewer, Scott, Kasich, Schwarzenegger, Barbor, Romney, Pawlenty, and LePage sure don't know much about running a state, and they are of the GOP persuasion.

    August 8, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Kevin

    George Allen of "macaca" fame? The cream keeps rising to the top, eh GOP?

    August 8, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |