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IN-Sen: New poll shows Democrat Joe Donnelly, Republican Mike Braun in dead heat

A new poll shows Republican nominee Mike Braun (right) locked in a dead heat with Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (left). (Mark Wilson/Getty Images, Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A new Ipsos Public Affairs poll shows incumbent Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly and Republican businessman and former Indiana state Rep. Mike Braun locked in a dead heat in their U.S. Senate race.

What are the details?

The poll revealed that 46 percent of likely voters plan to vote for Donnelly in the November general election, and 43 percent back Braun.

The poll's findings also reported that 42 percent of likely Democratic voters said that they have a "great deal" of interest in news about the November election, compared to 27 percent of Republicans who said the same thing.

With regard to President Donald Trump, about half of likely voters approve of the way Trump is conducting U.S. business.

The poll has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points, and was conducted online Sept. 12-19 among 1,181 likely Indiana voters.

What else?

A previous Fox News poll showed Braun with a slight edge over Donnelly. In an NBC News/Marist poll conducted prior to the Fox News poll, Donnelly led Braun by about 6 points.

Trump officially endorsed Braun in September during a campaign rally in Evansville, Indiana.

The Senate election in Indiana is one of 10 “most likely to flip in 2018,” CNN reported in January. At the time of this writing, the Cook Political Report calls the race a toss-up, as does Real Clear Politics.

Donnelly and Braun will face off in their first debate on Oct. 8. The second debate is set for Oct. 30.

One last thing…
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