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Polls of Senate Races Boost GOP Prospects for Retaining Control

• https://finance.yahoo.com, Erik Wasson

The polls find incumbent Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz with a lead of 50 percent to 40 percent over Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke, and Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson behind Republican challenger Rick Scott, the state's governor, among likely voters by a margin of 41 percent to 46 percent.

Democrats need to gain two seats for a majority in the Senate, which is currently divided 51-49 percent in favor of Republicans. The race in Texas has been considered a prime pickup opportunity for Democrats, along with contests in Nevada and Arizona.

Nelson is a prime Republican target, along with other Democratic senators in states that President Donald Trump won in 2016. They include Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly; West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin; Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill; Montana Senator Jon Tester ; and North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

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