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Dems hold 10 point lead on generic midterm ballot: poll

Dems hold 10 point lead on generic midterm ballot: poll
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Democrats now have a 10-point lead in a new generic ballot poll for the 2018 midterm elections.

Forty-eight percent of respondents in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday said they wanted the Democrats to retake the House, while only 38 percent said they wanted Republicans to stay in the majority.

A plurality of voters in the poll also wanted Democrats to win back the Senate, with 49 preferring a Democratic majority compared to 39 percent who wanted Republicans to maintain their majority. 

The latest poll comes as Democrats are mounting a full scale assault to win the 24 seats they need to take back the House.

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Independents are also broadly in favor of Democratic victories in 2018, with 46 to 35 percent supporting the party taking the Senate, and 45 to 33 in favor of Democratic control of the House. 

In an election year widely seen as a referendum on Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE's presidency, another poll recently showed a generic Democrat besting Trump on a ballot in 2020 by eight points. 

The poll surveyed 1,122 registered voters across the country from March 3-5, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.