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New Senate Polls Have Good News For Endangered Southern Democrats

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In Arkansas, the NBC-Marist poll found Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) leading Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) 51 percent to 40 percent. That's the third poll in the last month or so to show Pryor with a double-digit lead.

In Georgia, against each possible Republican challenger surveyed, Democrat Michelle Nunn either narrowly trails or leads by a small margin according to the NBC-Marist poll:

• Versus Rep. Paul Broun, Nunn gets 42 percent while Broun gets 43 percent.

• Versus Rep. Jack Kingston, Nunn and Kingston each get 43 percent.

• Versus Rep. Gingrey, the poll found Nunn getting 44 percent and Gingrey getting 42 percent.

• Versus former Secretary of State Karen Handel, Nunn leads 42 percent to 39 percent.

• The best showing for Republicans, the poll found, is a matchup between David Perdue and Nunn. In that scenario Perdue leads 45 percent to 41 percent.

The Journal-Constitution poll had somewhat better results for Nunn. Here are that poll's findings:

• Versus Handel, Nunn leads 49 percent to 41 percent.

• Versus Kingston, Nunn leads 50 percent to 40 percent.

• Versus Perdue, Nunn leads 46 percent to 45 percent.

• Versus Broun, Nunn gets 51 percent while Broun gets 38 percent.

• Versus Gingrey, Nunn gets 52 percent while Gingrey gets 37 percent.

Lastly, in Kentucky, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY) trails Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) by one percentage point, with McConnell getting 46 percent and Grimes getting 45 percent, according to the NBC News-Marist poll.

Read more about the NBC-Marist poll here. Read more about the Journal-Constitution poll released Saturday here.

This story was updated.