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GOP pollster says focus will shift to independent voters ahead of 2020

Republican pollster Ed Goeas said in an interview that aired Monday on "What America's Thinking" that the focus will shift to independent voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election. 

"I think the congressional races are overblown. It was a run of the suburbs in the country," Goeas told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on Friday. 

"I think going into the next election cycle, I think the thing that will be the focus is not the suburbs, but the independent voters," he continued.

"They're the ones who keep going back and forth and, again, make the difference in the wider electorate," he said. 

Independent voters are poised to play a major role in the 2020 contests with the country becoming increasingly polarized. 

A USA Today–Suffolk University survey released earlier this month found that the majority of Democratic and independent voters said they wanted an "entirely new" candidate to challenge President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE in 2020 amid speculation surrounding a potentially crowded Democratic primary field. 

— Julia Manchester