A new Mason-Dixon poll in Florida shows Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) in a dead heat with possible challenger Gov. Rick Scott (R), 44% to 44%. A new University of North Florida poll also showed the potential match-up virtually tied, with Nelson just ahead of Scott by 37% to 36%.
A new CNN poll finds Democrats lead in the generic congressional ballot by a 16-point margin, 54% to 38%.
Washington Post: “If that were actually to turn out to be the case, of course, we’d be talking about a Democratic landslide — and almost definitely a Democratic takeover of the House that is so difficult given the map. But even if it’s just close to reality, it could be a very bad omen for the Republican Party in a historically tough first midterm election under a president of their own party.”
A recent Pew Research study found the Republican party fractured on most public policy issues. But, as James Hohmann notes, it also found that for every GOP faction, “voters strongly dislike” Hillary Clinton at about twice the rate that they strongly like Trump.
That’s why Trump keeps tweeting about Hillary Clinton. That’s why House Republicans opened an investigation just this week into Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. There’s no better way for Republicans to keep their party united than turning the focus to Clinton.
As Aaron Blake pointed out, “today’s Republican Party is much more united on what it is against — namely, the Democrats and the mainstream media — than on what it’s for. … Trump may not be great on their policies, and they may even think he’s kind of a jerk, but he’s with them on the most important thing: being not-the-other-side. It’s arguably his most pronounced quality. And in an increasingly polarized country, it’s what really matters.”