A new poll released Wednesday by Monmouth University shows two Missouri races tightening.
When Monmouth’s last poll was released in August, Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster held a comfortable 11-point lead over Republican and former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens in the state’s gubernatorial race to replace Governor Jay Nixon.
The newest poll shows that lead has dwindled to just 3-points with 25 days until the November 8 election. Koster leads 46 percent to 43 percent, with 8 percent of responsive voters undecided. Libertarian Cisse Spragins polled at 2 percent.
Incumbent Republican Senator Roy Blunt’s 5-point August lead has diminished to a 2-point advantage over Democratic challenger Jason Kander, 46 percent to 44 percent - well within the poll’s 4.9 percent margin of error.
The virtual tie at the top of the ticket in August is now broken.
Republican nominee Donald Trump holds a 5-point lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton, 46 percent to 41 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson polls at 5 percent, Green Party’s Jill Stein at 2 percent, and 5 percent are undecided.
Monmouth’s poll was conducted by telephone between October 9 and 11, 2016, and surveyed 406 likely Missouri voters. One-third of the interviews were conducted before the October 9 debate.
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