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Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., prepares for a CQ podcast with Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., in Hart Building on July 12, 2018.
- Michigan: Sen. Debbie Stabenow tries to hold her seat in another state the president won by less than a percentage point. An NBC/Marist poll indicates she may have little trouble against either of her potential opponents as of at which point. Fifty-all 5 percent of registered voters responded which they would certainly back Stabenow, versus 37 percent who said they would certainly support veteran along with businessman John James, the survey said. Against businessman Sandy Pensler, the Democrat garners 52 percent of support, compared with 37 percent for Pensler. Michigan holds its primaries on Aug. 7.
- Minnesota: Sen. Tina Smith — who was appointed to fill Al Franken’s seat following his resignation at the start of the year — also includes a comfortable cushion, according to an NBC/Marist poll. Smith will be running in a special election, as Franken’s term was not set to end until 2020. Forty-nine percent of registered voters support Smith, versus 35 percent who back her likely opponent, businesswoman Karin Housley, the survey says. The survey did not poll voters on the race for Democrat Amy Klobuchar’s seat, which will be considered safe for Democrats. Minnesota will hold its primaries on Aug. 14.
The polls are more Great news for the Democrats running inside the three states, who enjoy a huge cash advantage over their opponents.
In Wisconsin, Baldwin includes a big financial lead over possible opponents Nicholson along with Vukmir. Baldwin had raised more than $21 million as of the end of June, along with had roughly $7.2 million in in cash on hand. which compares with roughly $5 million raised by both opponents combined, who each had less than $1 million in cash on hand.
although the Wisconsin Senate race has drawn a surge of so-called outside spending coming from super PACs which don’t have limits on what they raise or spend, often on TV along with digital advertising campaigns. As of June 30, some $6.4 million in soft money had been spent in support of Nicholson along with $1.4 million to boost Vukmir’s campaign, while only $1 million had been spent to support Baldwin. Some $4.3 million went toward opposing Baldwin, compared with $2.4 million opposing Vukmir along with $451,000 against Nicholson.
In Michigan, Stabenow includes a solid fundraising lead with nearly $15 million in cash taken in along with $9.6 million in cash on hand, as of June 30. Her GOP challengers, Pensler along with James, had raised $9.1 million between them along with ended June which has a combined $3.6 million.
Stabenow also benefited coming from outside spending of $1.4 million supporting her campaign; her opponents drew less than $300,00 in outside spending to the race.