Oh, boy, is this going to cause some wailing and gnashing
of teeth on the left:A tied Senate race in New Jersey and last-minute Republican surges in Pennsylvania and Ohio may confound Democratic hopes of retaking the upper chamber of Congress, new Zogby Interactive polling suggests.
The online polls of Senate and gubernatorial races in 26 states find Democrats, who began this election cycle hoping to capture the Republican-held House and Senate, losing ground in New Jersey. There, incumbent appointee Bob Menendez suddenly finds himself running dead-even with Republican Tom Kean Jr. Menendez had been leading since a June poll.
I suspect more than anything else, the polls may reflect the lower gas prices we've all been enjoying over the last month or so.
Rasmussen Polling confirms the movement with their history of changes
:On September 8, Tennessee moved from “Leans Republican” to “Toss-Up.”
On September 6, New Jersey shifted “Leans Democrat” to “Toss-Up.”
On September 5, Rhode Island moved from “Leans Democrat” to “Toss-Up.”
On the first day of September, Rasmussen Reports changed moves the Minnesota Senate race from “Democrat” to “Leans Democrat.” Democrat Amy Klobuchar leads Mark Kennedy 47% to 40% in that race. In our previous poll, she held a 12-point advantage.
On August 25, we shifted Pennsylvania from “Democrat” to “Leans Democrat.” Santorum remains the nation’s most vulnerable incumbent, but he has closed to within single digits.
On August 24, Washington moved from “Democrat” to “Leans Democrat.”
On August 18, in the wake of controversial remarks by Senator George Allen, Virginia changed from “Republican” to “Leans Republican.”
Two states where the Republicans moved down; six where the Democrats declined.