Democrats flip 36th GOP-held state seat with Florida victory


A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll from late Tuesday revealed that Republicans have overtaken Democrats on the generic congressional ballot.

The Politico-Morning Consult poll of 1,985 registered voters was conducted February 8-12. Democrats favor their own party's candidates 85 to 5 percent, while Republicans tow the party line 84 to 8.

Good also had a national-level campaign booster, in the form of former Vice President Joe Biden, who endorsed the Democrat about a week before the election and recorded a robocall for her campaign.

"Not only have Republicans increased support on the generic congressional ballot, they are now trusted more to handle the most important issue when voters head to the polls: the economy", Morning Consult's co-founder told Politico.

"The Democrats are highly motivated", Lewandowski said at the rally.

Sure enough, US voters expressed higher levels of confidence in GOP congressional candidates to handle numerous issues Americans care about strongly.

It is mostly dead roses in Washington D.C., where 80 percent of voters disapprove of his job performance, according to the poll. When asked about immigration, 42 percent sided with Republicans, while 36 percent chose Democrats.

Democratic success in traditionally Republican districts, however, has still yet to materialize in national races.

Democrats did, however, earn higher trust marks from voters in a few key issues. And while this suburban seat isn't as deep red as some others - a Democrat won it in 2006 and President Obama almost won the county in 2008 - it's a sign that Democrats can expand the map to areas they haven't been able to compete in since those wave elections.

Voter turnout figures for special elections in the state's online archives only go back to 2003, but since then the largest voter turnout for a state House special election was 22 percent in 2008.

The new poll also showed that more voters approve of the job President Trump is doing.

Special elections make it easier for the more fired-up party to pull off huge upsets, and more Republican voters are likely to turn up for this fall's midterms, making these races an imperfect stand-in of what the future will look like. Just 6 percent didn't know or had no opinion.

The shock poll follows a warning from Democratic SuperPAC Priorities USA that Democratic focus on day to day news involving the Trump administration is winnowing advantages in the polls. Special elections have had mixed results for Democrats.

Good defeated Buchanan by 7 percentage points in a Republican dominated district.



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