What you need to know about the Senate race between Joe Manchin and Roy Blunt: A new poll says the race is tied, but Democrats aren’t winning it (washington post)

Democrats are making a last-minute push to save their Senate majority after losing control of the chamber to Republican Roy Blum’s Republican challengers in Tuesday’s election.

The latest Marquette Law School poll shows Manchin holding a 5-point edge over Blum, 46 percent to 38 percent.

It also shows a tight race, with Blum ahead 52 percent to 41 percent.

But a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows Manchins lead slipping to 1 point, 46 to 42 percent.

Blum has held the seat since 2002.

The survey found Blum had a 5 point lead over Manchin in early April, but the two have since widened the gap.

The poll also found a majority of Americans view Blum unfavorably, with a plurality of Democrats saying they view Blums actions in office unfavorable.

The Quinnipac poll surveyed 814 likely voters nationwide and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

A Quinnipacs poll in February showed a 6 point margin of victory for Manchin.

It’s the first time Manchin has been ahead of Blum in the polls since his reelection bid in April.

The Marquette poll also showed that the race has tightened considerably since Manchin’s first victory in 2010, with Manchin trailing Blum by 12 points in January and 11 points in December.

But he held on to his seat last year by winning a special election.

It was the first win for Blum since being elected in 2008, when he lost his reelection campaign.

He’s a Republican who was elected in 2012 after serving in Congress for 13 years.

Blumer won a Democratic primary last month, and Manchin won a Republican primary in 2018.

Blume’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Democrats have lost all five seats they held in the last Congress: Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

The party lost control of Congress for the first and only time in the early 20th century when the Republicans took control in a bitterly contested election in 1848.

They lost both chambers in that cycle.

Republicans won control of both chambers again in the mid-20th century, but failed to pass the Affordable Care Act and then the Dodd-Frank financial reforms of 2010.