Republicans Poised to Make Big Gains in House, Senate

The GOP candidate is likely to win in the Arkansas senate race.

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Washington Senate

Three polls show the race between Democratic incumbent Patty Murray and Republican Dino Rossi in a virtual dead heat. A McClatchy-Marist College poll shows Murray edging Rossi 49 percent to 48 percent with a 4 percent margin of error. The poll also shows 62 percent of Republicans are "very enthusiastic" about voting compared to 52 percent of Democrats. A survey released by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows Rossi leading Murray 50 percent to 48 percent, with a 2.2 percent margin of error. Rossi also leads among independents, 54 percent to 42 percent. Of voters who say they have already cast their ballots, 52 percent support Rossi while 47 percent back Murray. A Fox News/Rasmussen poll shows Murray edging Rossi 49 percent to 47 percent among likely voters, with a 3 percent margin of error.

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Wisconsin Senate

Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold trails Republican Ron Johnson 45 percent to 52 percent among likely voters, according to a McClatchy-Marist College poll. Among those who support Johnson, 56 percent say they are "very enthusiastic" about voting compared to 48 percent of Feingold backers. Obama's approval rating among registered voters is 47 percent, though he won the state in 2008 with 56 percent of the vote.

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West Virginia Senate

Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin and Republican businessman John Raese are virtually tied, according to a Rasmussen survey. Manchin leads Raese 50 percent to 46 percent among likely voters, with a 4 percent margin of error. Meanwhile, a study by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows Manchin with a five point lead over Raese, 51 percent to 46 percent. Manchin's approval rating is 70 percent, while Obama's is 31 percent in the state. 

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