Democrats lead Republicans by 6 percentage points on a generic ballot test going into the midterm elections in November, according to a new poll.
A Marist-McClatchy poll released Tuesday found 48 percent of registered voters would choose a Democrat if the congressional elections were held today. Another 42 percent said they would support a Republican candidate. Six percent said they're undecided.
Republicans hold a 17-seat majority in the House — most political observers do not expect the House to be in play during a tough midterm climate for Democrats, as their party holds the presidency. Republicans in the Senate would need to net six seats to win back the majority in the upper chamber.
On the presidential level, the poll found former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee narrowly topping the field of potential GOP primary candidates, with 13 percent each.
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All other candidates do not break double digits.
Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonRNC paid little-known firm for reports on Clinton: report Dem rep: 'We must pause the entire Trump agenda' until Russia investigation complete New England Patriots to visit White House on April 19 MORE continues to dominate the field of Republicans in a potential general election. Ryan comes closest to narrowing the gap, trailing Clinton 43 percent to 51 percent.
The poll surveyed 1,036 registered voters from April 7-10 and has a 3 percent margin of error. And 416 Republican and independents who lean Republican were tested for the GOP presidential primary question, which holds a 4.8 percent margin of error.