A new batch of polling from the New York Times, CBS News and YouGov contains some encouraging news for the GOP — although the tug-of-war over control of the US Senate remains fluid and very close. From the Times’ write-up:
The fight for control of the Senate is stable and tight, with Republicans maintaining the inside track to a majority in the latest round of data from the New York Times/CBS News/YouGov online panel of more than 100,000 respondents. The Republicans lead by at least four percentage points in enough races to finish with 50 seats — just one short of the 51 seats they need to overcome Joe Biden’s tiebreaking vote and take the Senate. The Republicans’ likely gains include six seats currently held by the Democrats: in South Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska.
“Hold your horses,” you may be muttering to yourself, “wouldn’t those six wins give the GOP the seats they need to take over the upper chamber?” They would…if the race in Kansas wasn’t presenting major headaches for incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.