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Democratic Senate candidates outperforming Biden approval by nearly 13 points: exit polls

Hassan, Warnock, Kelly comfortably ahead of Biden's poll numbers, reversing typical "dead weight" of unpopular presidents.

Published: November 9, 2022 8:06am

Updated: November 9, 2022 8:42am

President Biden's low approval numbers didn't hurt Democratic Senate candidates as expected, according to exit polls in eight states.

The Washington Post said those candidates' vote margins are 12.6 percentage points higher than the president's net approval rating. 

New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan won by more than 10 percentage points in the current vote count while Biden's approval in that state is only 42%; Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly has 52% of the current vote, topping Biden's 43% approval there; and Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock, while below the 50% threshold necessary to avoid a runoff, is still eight points ahead of Biden's Peach State exit polls.

"Unpopular presidents are historically a dead weight on their party’s candidates, but some Democratic senators are defying political gravity to win or lead key elections," the Post said.

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