FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The newest poll focused on Indiana’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race shows the two leading candidates in a near dead heat.
Incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, clings to a scant two point lead in the NBC News/Marist poll, with the backing of 48 percent of likely voters. His Republican challenger, Mike Braun, claims support from 46 percent of likely voters, with the remaining seven percent planning to vote for someone else — or yet to decide.
The lead is well within the margin of error of 5.5 points.
When the ballot expands to include Libertarian Lucy Brenton, Donnelly holds a 3-point lead over Braun, 45 percent to 42, with Brenton receiving 7 percent.
Donnelly’s advantage last month in this three-way race was by the same margin — 3 points.
“Although Donnelly has a numeric 3-point edge over Braun, the proportion of persuadable voters is nearly five times greater than the margin that separates the candidates,” says Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted this survey.
Both parties will bring big name boosters to the Hoosier State in the final hours of the campaign.
President Donald Trump will appear on behalf of Braun in both Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. Former president Barrack Obama will lead a rally for Donnelly in Gary.