- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Voters in key regions want Republicans to win control of the U.S. Senate, making it that much harder in an already tough year for Democrats to hold onto their thin majority in the upper chamber, said a new poll released Wednesday.

The CNN/ORC International poll found voters in Southern and rural states favoring Republicans, giving the GOP toss-up states such as Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Alaska that will decide who wins majority control of the U.S. Senate in November.

What’s more, Republicans have a 15-point advantage with prized independent voters who often swing elections, according to the survey.

Assuming Republicans maintain control of the House, Americans split over which party they want in control of the Senate with 46 percent supporting a Democratic majority and 42 percent hoping for a Republican takeover.

But voters in the South broke decidedly Republican, with 51 percent backing a GOP-run Senate next year. That’s bad news for endangered Democrats in Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina.

Rural voters also sided with Republicans by a wide margin, 38 percent to 37 percent, giving GOP challengers an edge in the key battleground of Alaska, Colorado and Iowa.

Republicans need net gain of six seats in the midterm elections to seize control of the Senate. The GOP is expected to easily pick up seats in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia, putting the party just three seats away from winning a Senate majority.

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