Trump, Republican senators trail in 3 battleground states, including Arizona

Sep 20, 2020, 3:00 PM | Updated: 3:41 pm
President Donald Trump welcomes then-Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz, to the stage during a rally at th...
President Donald Trump welcomes then-Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz, to the stage during a rally at the International Air Response facility on October 19, 2018 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – President Donald Trump trails Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in three key battleground states, including Arizona, and Republican senators in those states are subsequently down in the polls as well.

Biden leads Trump by nine percentage points among likely voters in Arizona, according to a poll by the New York Times.

In the Arizona Senate race, Democratic challenger Mark Kelly holds a 50%-42% lead over Republican incumbent Martha McSally.  The poll showed 7% of likely voters remain undecided.

Similar situations are playing out in the Maine and North Carolina races. Democrat Sara Gideon leads Republican Susan Collins 49%-44% with 6% of voters in the Maine election. Biden leads Trump by 17 percentage points in Maine.

In North Carolina, Democrat Cal Cunningham leads Republican Tom Tillis 42% to 37%, but 16% of voters remain undecided. The presidential race is slightly closer in North Carolina, where Biden leads 45%-44%.

The poll reflected likely voters trusted Biden more than Trump on issues like handling the coronavirus pandemic and selecting a new Supreme Court justice.

The poll, which was conducted prior to the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, showed voters in both Arizona and Maine favored Biden by wide margins on this topic.

If Democrats can gain three senate seats in the November election, the Senate would shift to 50-50 control among Democrats and Republicans, which could affect the confirmation of the next justice to replace Ginsburg.

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