Key Republican Senate candidates trail Democrats even as Trump leads Biden: Polls – Washington Examiner

Former President Donald Trump is beating President Joe Biden in the key swing states of Arizona and Nevada, according to new polls, but GOP Senate candidates in those states are still lagging behind their Democratic counterparts.

A pair of Emerson College/Hill polls in Arizona and Nevada, which were also sponsored by KLAS-TV, released on Wednesday showed Republicans Kari Lake of Arizona and Sam Brown of Nevada behind their likely opponents, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV).

The Arizona poll showed Trump leading Biden 48% to 44%, and the Nevada poll showed Trump ahead of Biden 44% to 41%. Biden won both states in 2020 en route to an Electoral College victory, but the polls are part of a trend of Trump leading the president in several key swing states necessary to win in November.

While polls continue the trend of Trump’s lead over Biden in the key states, they also continue the trend of Republicans trailing their Democratic opponents in swing contests in states where Trump maintains a polling lead.

Gallego, the likely Democratic Senate nominee in Arizona, leads Lake, the likely Republican Senate nominee in Arizona, 44% to 40%. The poll also showed 16% were undecided, and it came after Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) announced she would not run for reelection in November.

In Nevada, Rosen leads Brown, the leading Republican Senate candidate in the primary field, 41% to 39%. In this survey, 21% said they were undecided on the Senate race.

Republicans are hoping to use a favorable Senate map in November to flip the chamber, which has a 51-49 Democratic majority, including the three independent senators who caucus with the Democrats. With Republicans almost guaranteed to flip retiring Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) seat in West Virginia, the GOP needs another flip to win outright control.

Republicans’ best chances for flipping a seat include Arizona, Montana, Nevada, and Ohio, among others, according to the race ratings from the CookPoliticalReport.


Recent polls in the Buckeye State and the Treasure State have also shown the likely Republican candidates trailing Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Jon Tester (D-MT).

As Biden trails Trump in Arizona and Nevada, he made campaign stops in both states on Tuesday in an effort to woo voters ahead of the November election.