Trump touts GOP gains in poll showing steady Dem lead

Trump touts GOP gains in poll showing steady Dem lead
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE on Sunday touted recent Republican gains in a generic congressional ballot, though he appeared to cite a poll that showed the GOP trailing Democrats by 3 points.

“Great Pollster John McLaughlin now has the GOP up in the Generic Congressional ballot. Big gain over last 4 weeks,” Trump tweeted.

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Trump appeared to be referring to a poll released last week by McLaughlin & Associates that shows Democrats with a 3 percentage point lead on Republicans on a 2018 generic ballot for Congress.

The firm’s January poll showed a similar result, with 45 percent of those surveyed favoring Democrats and 42 percent choosing Republicans.

Most polling shows Republicans trailing Democrats in a generic congressional vote. A Real Clear Politics average shows Democrats ahead by nearly 7 points. 

Republicans retook the lead on the generic ballot last week in a Politico-Morning Consult poll, which showed 39 percent of likely voters would support a GOP candidate compared to 38 percent who would support a Democrat. Another 23 percent in that poll were undecided.