Polls: Biden slightly ahead in Florida and North Carolina

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A trio of CBS News Battleground Tracker polls show Democratic nominee Joe Biden with a slight edge over President Donald Trump in three crucial Southeastern states.

The polls show Biden and Trump dead even among likely voters in Georgia at 49 percent, but Biden with a 50-48 edge over Trump in Florida and a 51-47 advantage in North Carolina. Trump won all three of the states in 2016, which offer a total of 60 electoral votes between them.

In all three states, a majority of those who had said they had already voted said they had voted for Biden: 55 percent in Georgia, and 61 percent in both Florida and North Carolina. The president had majority support among those who had yet to vote.

The polls also looked at Senate races in Georgia and North Carolina. In Georgia, Republican Sen. David Perdue was one percentage point ahead of Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff (47-46).

Georgia, which is also holding a Senate special election, requires the winner of a Senate race to draw at least 50 percent of the vote or face a runoff election.

In North Carolina, Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham remained ahead of Sen. Thom Tillis by a margin of 49 percent to 43.

These surveys were conducted by YouGov from Oct. 20 to Oct. 23. They are based on samples of 1,243 registered voters in Florida, 1,102 in Georgia, and 1,037 in North Carolina. Margins of error for likely voters are plus or minus 3.6 points in Florida, 3.4 points in Georgia, and 4.1 points in North Carolina.

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