Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in Arizona and Maine, close in North Carolina

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Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in Arizona and Maine, close in North Carolina

Joseph R. Biden leads President Trump in Arizona and Maine, and the two candidates are running in nearly a dead heat in North Carolina, according to polling released on Friday.

Mr. Biden held a 9-point, 49% to 40% lead over Mr. Trump in Arizona and a 17-point, 55% to 38% lead over the president in Maine, according to the New York Times/Siena College poll.

In Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, which Mr. Trump carried in 2016 to win a single electoral college vote, Mr. Biden had a 2-point, 47% to 45% lead.

In North Carolina, Mr. Biden had a 1-point, 45% to 44% lead over Mr. Trump.

The president carried Arizona and North Carolina in 2016, while Hillary Clinton carried Maine by about 3 percentage points.

Democrats held an edge in the U.S. Senate races in all three states.

In Arizona, Democrat Mark Kelly held an 8-point, 50% to 42% lead over GOP Sen. Martha McSally.

In Maine, Democrat Sara Gideon led GOP Sen. Susan Collins by 5 points, 49% to 44%.

In North Carolina, Democrat Cal Cunningham led GOP Sen. Thom Tillis by 5 points, 42% to 37%.

Democrats need to pick up a net of four Senate seats to guarantee that they’ll be in the majority next year.

The surveys were taken from Sept. 11-16.

The Arizona survey of 653 likely voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points, the Maine survey of 663 likely voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.1 percentage points, and the North Carolina survey of 653 likely voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

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