Poll shows Childers gaining on Cochran in Senate race in Mississippi

A new poll shows Democratic challenger Travis Childers gaining on Sen. Thad Cochran less than a month before the Nov. 4 general election.

The New York Times/CBS/YouGov poll taken Sept. 20 through Oct. 1 shows Cochran leading 41 percent to 30 percent. A similar poll taken Aug. 18 through Sept. 2 had Cochran with a 40 percent to 25 percent advantage.

According to the New York Times The Upshot:

The YouGov online surveys are being used to supplement, not replace, the Times’s traditional telephone polls. The Times/CBS News poll uses a different methodology for its political and social surveys; they are conducted using random digit dialing probability sampling. The YouGov data is used for The Upshot election forecasting model in key congressional races and Senate battleground states.

In each state and district, respondents were selected to match the demographics of registered voters. In 66 competitive House districts and the 15 smallest states with Senate elections this year, YouGov interviewed a disproportionate numbers of voters to increase the sample size for these races.

Public polling has shown Cochran stuck below 50 percent since the nasty Republican primary against Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel, which is still being contested in the Mississippi Supreme Court, Childers spokeswoman Lindsey White wrote in a release about the poll results