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A new poll released Monday in Nebraska's Senate race says that Republican Deb Fischer leads Democrat Bob Kerrey by 2.7 percentage points.
Pharos Research Group surveyed 761 likely voters in a live telephone poll Oct. 26-28. The polling company said its latest survey included a higher percentage of Republicans than an earlier poll it conducted Oct. 19-21.
Critics had said the earlier poll, which showed Fischer with a 2.4-point lead, didn't include enough Republicans and oversampled independents, compared with the state's actual voter registrations. Pharos had acknowledged those shortcomings as well and adjusted its voter turnout model for the new poll.
For example, Republicans accounted for 46.9 percent of those in the latest survey, compared with 48 percent of all Nebraska voters and just 42.9 percent of those polled a week earlier.
The firm's latest survey shows Republican nominee Mitt Romney with nearly twice as large a lead over President Barack Obama. Romney was up 19.3 points, 58.1 percent to 38.8 percent. A week earlier, in the Pharos poll with fewer Republicans, Romney's lead was less than 10 points.
In the Senate race, however, the extra GOP weighting didn't change the results much. Fischer had 49.7 percent in the new poll, compared with Kerrey's 47 percent. A week earlier, Fischer had 48.4 percent and Kerrey had 46 percent.
For both polls, the margin of error was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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