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Tight races in Iowa for president, Senate

Iowa race for president

IOWA (KTTC) -- A new Monmouth University poll shows President Donald Trump with a slight lead in Iowa but within the margin of error.

In a poll released Wednesday morning, 48 percent of Iowa voters support the president while 45 percent back Joe Biden.

Three percent are undecided and the president's lead is within the margin of error (+/- 4.9 percent).

Meanwhile, Republican Senator Joni Ernst holds a small advantage but also within the margin of error. The incumbent is up 3 percent over Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield.

Mail-in voting is expected to skyrocket during this pandemic. Forty percent of Iowans said it's "very likely" they'll do so.

Still, 30 percent said it's "not at all likely" they will vote by mail.

Gov. Kim Reynolds earned strong support for her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fifty-eight percent of voters surveyed said she's done a good job, while 39 percent did not approve of her response.

Meanwhile, reaction to President Trump's handling of the pandemic was mixed. Forty-nine percent approved while 49 percent said he's done a "bad job."

More than 400 registered voters took part in the poll, conducted from July 30 to Aug. 3.

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