The poll shows Musgrove leading Wicker 48 to 40 percent in a head-to-head matchup. Musgrove holds a 57 percent favorability rating, while 30 percent of voters view him unfavorably. Wicker also sports high approval ratings, but is less known throughout the state - which is partially attributable for his polling deficit.
Wicker holds a 42 percent favorability rating, with only 14 percent of voters viewing him unfavorably. Thirty percent of voters said they "didn't recognize" Wicker.
The poll, conducted by Hamilton Campaigns, surveyed 600 likely voters from May 15-18. It has a margin of error of four percent.
The poll comes just after Rep.-elect Travis Childers (D-Miss.) picked up Wicker's former House seat that he held for over 12 years in a special election. In an interview last week in Oxford, Miss. - the day before the special election -- Wicker said that he didn't believe the results would have any bearing on his own campaign in November.
"I'll be running on my record - 13 years of conservative service in the United States House of Representatives," Wicker said.
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