Poll Shows Barnes Nearly Even With Johnson
CNN's new poll on US Senate race has Johnson with 50%, Barnes with 49%.
A new poll by CNN shows a virtual ties in the race for U.S. Senate with 50% of likely voters backing Republican incumbent Ron Johnson and 49% backing Democratic challenger, Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes. That’s a significant change from the last Marquette Law School poll, on October 12 which found Johnson was supported by 52% of respondents and Barnes by 46% of respondents.
Barnes has been getting pummeled by third party attack ads since he won the Democratic primary in August, which helped transform his 7 percent lead in an MU poll to a deficit of 6% in a matter of six or seven weeks.
But the Barnes campaign waited until October 3 to release its first ad attacking Johnson, with a focus on the Senator’s opposition to abortion.
The CNN poll found that Johnson tops Barnes 78% to 21% among likely voters who say their top issue is the economy while among the smaller group of respondents naming abortion as their top issue Barnes led Johnson by 83% to 14%.
About 35% of respondents in Wisconsin said candidate character and integrity will be their top consideration, and among that group Barnes topped Johnson by 56% to 41% Barnes also had a slight edge among independents, with 50% of the vote versus 46% for Johnson.
The poll had a plus or minus margin of error of 4.2%, meaning the race is basically a dead heat.
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