More good news for Republicans 

The latest poll results posted at realclearpolitics.com are nothing but good news for Republicans. Pollster Scott Rasmussen has Republican Ron Johnson leading Wisconsin Democratic Senator Russ Feingold 51%-44% right after last Tuesday’s primary—the best showing for Johnson I’ve seen. And Quinnipiac, whose polls this cycle have tended to show rather favorable results for Democrats, has Republican Rob Portman leading Democrat Lee Fisher in the Ohio Senate race 55%-35% among likely voters. Also Quinnipiac found that a 58%-37% majority of likely voters in Ohio want a senator who opposes Barack Obama’s policies. That’s in a state the president carried by a 51%-47% margin.

 Third, Rasmussen reports that in Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s lead over Republican Charlie Baker has shrunk to 45%-42%, within the margin of error, with only 5% for Tim Cahill, a former Democrat running as an Independent. Evidently some voters have been switching from Cahill to Baker—and very few from Cahill to Patrick.

 The news for Republicans isn’t good on all fronts. Primary winner Christine O’Donnell is unlikely to win in Delaware, where Rasmussen showed her behind Democrat Chris Coons 53%-42% after the primary, and in Washington Rasmussen finds Republican Dino Rossi falling behind Democratic Senator Patty Murray, 51%-46%. But on balance the news keeps getting worse for Democrats.

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