New Monmouth poll shows race for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat tightening

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The race for control of the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Dan Coats is tightening up and Donald Trump’s lead over Hillary Clinton in Indiana is widening, according to a new poll of 402 Indiana residents that are likely to vote in the November election.

The Monmouth University Poll conducted from Thursday to Sunday shows former senator Evan Bayh and Congressman Todd Young in a virtual tie. Both candidates polled at 45% and their Libertarian opponent, Lucy Brenton, came in at 4%. These numbers are quite different than the results of a Monmouth poll conducted in October, where Bayh lead over Young in, 48% to 42%.

“Attacks on Bayh’s out of state activities have certainly led to this shift, but renewed strength at the top of the ticket is providing a crucial assist for Young,”said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Young’s campaign may be pulling votes from the top of the ticket, where Trump holds an 11 point lead over Hillary Clinton for president. Fifty percent of voters polled currently support Trump and 39% back Clinton, while another 4% intend to vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson.

Indiana Democrats can take some comfort from the governor’s race, though, where former state legislator John Gregg is ahead of Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb by 6 points. Gregg polled at 48%, while Holcomb polled at 42%.

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