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IN-Sen: NBC/Marist Poll Has Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) Leading Mike Braun (R) 49-43

Some very good news today out of Indiana courtesy of the latest NBC/Marist poll:

Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly has a slight advantage over Republican challenger Mike Braun in Indiana’s closely watched Senate contest, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll.

In a head-to-head race, the poll finds Donnelly with the support of 49 percent of likely voters, compared with 43 percent who back Braun. Among all registered voters, it’s a similar margin — 48 percent for Donnelly and 42 percent for Braun. (The margin of error for likely voters in the poll is +/- 5 percentage points.)

In a three-way contest that includes Libertarian Lucy Brenton, it’s 44 percent for Donnelly, 41 percent for Braun and 8 percent for Brenton among likely voters.

Donnelly, a low-key freshman senator in a state that voted for President Donald Trump by nearly 20 points, has long been considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the chamber. And Trump remains above water in the state with likely voters now, with the poll finding his approval at 48 percent approve, 46 percent disapprove. (Among all adults in Indiana, it’s roughly flipped: 44 percent approve, 47 percent disapprove.)

But the poll also shows that Donnelly is being buoyed by relatively favorable personal ratings among Indiana voters. His favorability rating with likely voters stands at 48 percent positive, 31 percent negative. That includes a favorable rating of 79 percent among all Democrats who are likely voters, 50 percent of independents and 24 percent of Republicans.

Let’s keep up the momentum and hold onto this seat. Click here to donate and get involved with Donnelly’s re-election campaign.

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