WASHINGTON Oct 13 Republicans are headed for
big gains in the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 2 election and are
threatening to take a majority, according to poll averages
compiled by the website Real Clear Politics.
Republicans must sweep nearly all the competitive races to
pick up the 10 seats needed for control in the Senate, where
Democrats now hold a 59-41 edge.
The poll averages show Republicans leading in races that
would give them a net gain of seven seats, which would leave
Democrats with a 52-48 edge.
Two states moved back into the Democratic column on
Wednesday. Democratic Senator Patty Murray reclaimed the lead
in Washington, moving ahead of Republican Dino Rossi by 2.7
In Nevada, Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid regained a
lead over Republican Sharron Angle by less than 1 percentage
In the House of Representatives, the Real Clear Politics
averages show Republicans with a growing edge. Republicans lead
with 211 seats to 185 for Democrats, with 39 contests
considered toss-ups in the battle for a 218-seat majority.
Republicans must pick up 39 Democratic seats to claim House
control in November.
Here is a look at the Real Clear Politics poll averages in
the most competitive Senate races, with the party currently
holding the seat in parenthesis.
* California (Democrat) - Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer
leads Republican Carly Fiorina by 3.7 percentage points.
* Colorado (Democrat) - Republican Ken Buck leads
Democratic Senator Michael Bennet by 3 percentage points.
* Connecticut (Democrat) - Democrat Richard Blumenthal
leads Republican Linda McMahon by 8.7 percentage points.
* Delaware (Democrat) - Democrat Chris Coons leads
Republican Christine O'Donnell by 17.2 percentage points.
* Florida (Republican) - Republican Marco Rubio leads
independent Charlie Crist by 16.2 percentage points, with
Democrat Kendrick Meek trailing.
* Illinois (Democrat) - Democrat Alexi Giannoulias leads
Republican Mark Kirk by less than 1 percentage point.
* Kentucky (Republican) - Republican Rand Paul leads
Democrat Jack Conway by 5.3 percentage points.
* Missouri (Republican) - Republican Roy Blunt leads
Democrat Robin Carnahan by 9.4 percentage points.
* Nevada (Democrat) - Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid
leads Republican Sharron Angle by less than 1 percentage
* New Hampshire (Republican) - Republican Kelly Ayotte
leads Democrat Paul Hodes by 9 percentage points.
* Ohio (Republican) - Republican Rob Portman leads Democrat
Lee Fisher by 15 percentage points.
* Pennsylvania (Democrat) - Republican Pat Toomey leads
Democrat Joe Sestak by 7.5 percentage points.
* Washington (Democrat) - Democratic Senator Patty Murray
leads Republican Dino Rossi by 2.7 percentage points.
* Wisconsin (Democrat) - Republican Ron Johnson leads
Democratic Senator Russ Feingold by 6.7 percentage points.
Republicans also hold commanding leads in three
Democratic-held states -- Arkansas, Indiana and North Dakota.
(Compiled by John Whitesides; Editing by Doina Chiacu)