A couple of internal polls and one independent poll released today show large leads for Republicans in several key races.

Down in Texarkana, State Senate District 11, Republican Jimmy Hickey is attempting to unseat the Democratic incumbent Sen. Steve Harrelson.  A poll released today by the Republican Party of Arkansas shows Hickey with a double-digit lead. According to the poll, Hickey is leading Harrelson 51 to 38 percent, with just 11 percent undecided.

“Clearly, voters in Senate District 11 are looking for a conservative voice in the state Legislature who will work to lower taxes, stop Obamacare and create a better future for hardworking Arkansans,” commented Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb in a news release.

More on this poll from Diamond State Consulting here.

Also today, two different polls show a strong lead for Republican State Rep. Mark Biviano in his re-election race for Searcy House District 46 – a race heavily targeted by Democrats with the belief they could retake this seat. Biviano won a narrow election in 2010 with 50.63 percent of the vote.

The local paper, The Daily Citizen conducted a poll this week with 472 successful telephone interviews of likely voters.  The poll showed 50 percent of their respondents prefer Biviano while 34 percent prefer his Democratic challenger, Searcy Police Chief Kyle Osborne, for a 16-point lead.

However, an internal poll released to the Tolbert Report shows an even larger lead for Biviano.  According to the poll, conducted by Diamond State Consulting, Biviano enjoys a 26-point lead with support from 59 percent of likely voters while 33 percent prefer Osborne.

Both of these races have been heavily targeted by both Democrats and Republicans this year, but it certainly appears that Republicans are on the verge of winning both of these races.

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