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>> Ahead of the November midterm elections, Democrats running to protect their seats in the US Senate in the nation's Rust Belt have the edge.>> I'm Tammy Baldwin.>> They're leading against their Republican rivals in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and even in Indiana. That's according to a Reuters Ipsos poll released Wednesday in collaboration with the University of Virginia.
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Reuters political polling editor, Chris Khan.>> Really, this is a region that swings back and forth every couple of years, and lo and behold, they've swung back to Democrats.>> I'll fight in the Senate.>> The closest race we've found so far is the Indiana Senate race, Joe Donnelly and Mike Braun.
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The Democrat Joe Donnelly has just about a narrow three-point lead over Mike Braun. This is really interesting because Indiana is a state that voted for Trump by 19 points in 2016 and still the Democrat is leading. Also it's important to note that Mike Braun, the Republican challenger was really supported by Donald Trump.
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He's endorsed by him, they've campaigned together.>> Even though all five states in the Rust Belt voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, the poll found that a majority of likely voters now disapprove of the Republican president, and they're intent on checking the party in power at the ballot box.
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In fact, more than one third of those polled were, quote, very motivated to back someone who would oppose his policies.>> This time around, there's a few added issues in the Rust Belt. First of all, we have Trump's trade war. He's been announcing tariffs this year. Some of this is putting a lot of financial pressure on farmers in the region.
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Also, it's also concerning some people who might be working in manufacturing related jobs.>> Nationwide, the latest Reuters Ipsos poll shows that Democrats have a seven point advantage over Republicans in a generic ballot poll for Senate candidates. Despite that, Democrats still face an uphill battle in the efforts to win control of the US Senate.
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They need to keep all the seats they're defending plus pick up two more.