Chuck Grassley leads Mike Franken in U.S. Senate race, Iowa poll finds

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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley has taken a double-digit lead over Democrat Mike Franken in the final days of the U.S. Senate race in Iowa, according to a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll.

Grassley leads Franken 53% to 41% among Iowans who have already voted or say they will definitely vote, according to the poll. Another 3% would vote for someone else, 2% aren’t sure and 1% say they’ve already voted but don’t want to say so.

“It’s a seemingly insurmountable lead, even though anything can happen,” said pollster J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co. his base. And Franken, by comparison, is more lukewarm among his base.

The poll of 801 likely voters was conducted Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 by Selzer & Co., with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Grassley has widened his advantage since October when the Register’s Iowa poll showed him leading Franken by just 3 percentage points.

The new poll shows that demographic groups that have traditionally formed the base of the Iowa Republican Party have coalesced around Grassley, as well as independent voters who have leaned towards the senator.

Nationally, political analysts and other polls suggest the effects of this summer’s U.S. Supreme Court opinion overturning abortion rights have faded as voters focus more on issues such as inflation.

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