Early poll shows McCaskill race could be tight

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is in a dead heat against an array of possible Republican candidates, according to the latest survey from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning polling firm.

The first-term Democrat edges Sarah Steelman, a former treasurer, 45-42, compared to her nearly dead-even result in early December of 45-44. McCaskill was ahead of Ed Martin, an unsuccessful House candidate last year and the only other announced Republican contender, 46-40.

Ann Wagner, a former Missouri Republican chairman, who is considering a run, was down 45-36.

McCaskill’s job approval rating was 46 percent, up three points from the firm’s December survey. Her disapproval rating went up a notch, to 45 percent.

“This continues to look like a 50/50 race,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Missouri had a rare lopsided Senate election last year but in 2012 it looks like it will return to being one of the closest states in the country.”

The firm surveyed 612 Missouri voters from March 3rd to 6th. The survey’s margin of error was plus or minus 4 percent.