As summer turns to fall and campaign season kicks into high gear, Republican Corey Stewart, an unapologetic supporter of President Trump, is closing the gap on Democrat Senator Tim Kaine in Virginia’s midterm race for US Senate. Despite early advantages in name recognition and claims of a massive 25 point lead in the polls, Senator Kaine’s underwater approval rating of only 45% has come back to haunt him. Recent polling conducted by Poolhouse and Cyngal found the race has narrowed to a 5 point margin, with first-term incumbent Kaine failing to surpass 50% support. The poll, which surveyed 1,199 likely voters from around the Commonwealth, found Kaine clinging on to a small lead of 50.20% to Stewart’s 45.70%, with 4.10% remaining undecided. When respondents were presented with a generic ballot, the numbers grew even closer as Democrats held on to a tiny lead of 47.90% to Republicans’ 47.30% well within the margin of error, squashing claims of an imminent ‘blue wave’ at the polls.
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