Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by, as of Thursday morning.

If the election were held today, Republicans would control the U.S. Senate by a margin of 53-47.

For the past week, Iowa. Kansas, New Hampshire, Kentucky and North Carolina have been trending for the GOP. Georgia remains close. Arkansas has now shifted to a likely GOP pickup.

Real Clear Politics Election 2014
Battle for Senate
Dems 45 In-Play 9 GOP 46
RCP Averages:   GOP +8 Pick-Ups
Top Senate Races          RCP Average
Colorado        Gardner   (R) +4.0
Iowa            Ernst     (R) +2.5
North Carolina  Hagan     (D) +2.0
Georgia         Perdue    (R) +0.8
Kentucky        McConnell (R) +4.4
Kansas          Tie
Arkansas        Cotton    (R) +5.5
New Hampshire   Shaheen   (D) +1.6
Louisiana       Cassidy   (R) +4.8
Alaska          Sullivan  (R) +4.4