New poll shows close Senate race, Lee leading in Governor’s race


A new poll from Vanderbilt University shows a tight race in Tennessee’s U.S. Senate election, while Republican Governor candidate Bill Lee continues to see a double-digit lead.

The survey polled 800 likely voters through landline and cell phone between Oct. 8 and Oct. 13. The margin of error is 4.9 percentage points.

In the U.S. Senate race, former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) leads Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) by one point.

When asked who they would vote for if the election were held that day, 44 percent of respondents said they would choose Bredesen while 43 percent said they would choose Blackburn. That discrepancy is within the poll’s margin of error.

The Governor’s race is less close. Businessman Bill Lee (R) leads former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (D) by 11 points.

48 percent of respondents said they would prefer Lee against 37 percent who said they would prefer Dean.

Election day is Nov. 6. Early voting runs through Nov. 1.

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