Republican incumbent David Vitter still earns over 50% of the vote against Democrat Charlie Melancon in the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Vitter, who is seeking a second six-year term, earning 54% support while Melancon attracts 33%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, while seven percent (7%) are not sure.
These findings have shown little change since early January. Since then, Vitter has earned anywhere from 53% to 57% of the vote, while Melancon’s support has remained in the narrow range of 33% to 36%. In late June, Vitter held a 53% to 35% advantage over Melancon.
This race remains Solid GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power Rankings.
Vitter is favored by 85% of Republicans, while Melancon only picks up support from 59% of Democrats. Among voters not affiliated with either political party, Vitter leads Melancon 55% – 27%.
The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Louisiana was conducted on August 30, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.