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Poll: GOP has edge in 2014 midterms

The GOP has the advantage heading into 2014’s midterm election, according to a new poll from CNN.

Republicans lead Democrats on CNN’s generic congressional ballot by 49 percent to 44 percent after the tumultuous start of ObamaCare.

{mosads}That’s a huge 13-point swing from October, when Democrats had the edge following the government shutdown. At that point, Democrats were up by 50 percent to 42 percent on a generic ballot test.

The new numbers are the latest bad polling news for Democrats, indicating the GOP has a chance to pick up House seats and win control of the Senate.

The poll finds a lack of enthusiasm from both parties’ bases — but especially from Democrats. Just 22 percent of Democrats say they’re extremely or highly enthusiastic about voting, compared to 36 percent of Republicans. That enthusiasm gap, likely reflected in President Obama’s weak national numbers, could prove disastrous for Democrats in November.

The poll of 1,035 adults was conducted for CNN by ORC International from Dec. 16-19, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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