The open Tennessee Senate race between former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) and US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) has been close for weeks, and a new NBC News/Marist College poll (8/25-28; 940 TN adults; 730 TN registered voters; 538 TN likely voters) again finds the candidates rivaling each other in toss-up range.
According to the NBC/Marist likely voters data, Mr. Bredesen clings to a 48-46% edge over Ms. Blackburn despite this particular polling sample giving President Trump 47:43% positive job approval rating and Republicans an eight point 50-42% advantage when testing the generic congressional ballot. Though the poll did not report the crosstabs, it is clear that Ms. Blackburn is lagging behind her benchmarks with Republicans since the Trump and generic data is pro-GOP.
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