For First Time This Year, Democrats Lead In Enough Senate Races To Regain Control
For the first time this year, Democrats hold leads in enough Senate races to take back control of that body.
Here are the five-poll averages from Pollster.com on the races in which Democrats are trying to win seats currently held by Republicans:
-- Pennsylvania: Casey (D) 48%--39% Santorum (R)
-- Maryland: Cardin (D) 47%--40% Steele (R)
-- Montana: Tester (D) 49%--43% Burns (R)
-- Rhode Island: Whitehouse (D) 46%--40% Chafee (R)
-- Ohio: Brown (D) 47%--42% DeWine (R)
-- Tennessee: Ford (D) 47%--44% Corker (R)
-- Missouri: McCaskill (D) 46%--44% Talent (R).
-- Virginia: Allen (R) 48%--42% Webb (D)
As you can see, Democrats lead in seven states -- all but Virginia. The party needs a net gain of six seats to regain control of the Senate.
Of course, election day is still nearly a month away, a lifetime in politics.
As Chris Bowers at MyDD notes: "It also is pretty unlikely that Democrats would pull out all of these close races, and in these averages Democrats lead in all of the four closest states. ... Still, it is nice to look at these numbers and see that we are inching forward in almost every close race."