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DES MOINES, Iowa – The race to fill retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s seat is too close to call, a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday shows.

“The Iowa Senate race, which could be key to control of the U.S. Senate, is too close to call and likely will remain close all the way to Election Day,” said Peter Brown, the poll’s director said.

A survey of likely Iowa voters shows 47 percent for Republican Joni Ersnt and 45 percent for Democrat Rep. Bruce Braley.

It was a 50 – 44 split in Ernst’s favor in mid-September.

The poll also highlights the gender gap between the two with Braley garnering 52 percent of the likely female vote compared to Ernst’s 39 percent. While a similar ratio of males are routing for the Red Oak state senator.

In the gubernatorial race, the same poll has Gov. Branstad with a 54 -39 lead over Democrat Jack Hatch. Over a third of respondents said they didn’t know enough about Hatch to form an opinion.

There are three weeks until the general election.