Democrats have a single-digit advantage on two recent congressional generic ballots.
A Pew survey (April 25-May 1; 1,221 RVs) found Democrats led 48 percent to 43 percent, with 9 percent undecided. That’s a drop from a January Pew poll that found Democrats leading 53 percent to 39 percent. The margin of error for registered voters was not immediately available. (release)
Democrats led a Monmouth generic ballot by 8 points, 49 percent to 41 percent. That’s similar to a March Monmouth poll that found Democrats won 50 percent to 41 percent. The survey (April 26-30; 681 RVs; +/- 3.8%) was conducted by telephone. (release)
ON THE WEB. The DCCC released a new digital ad, the second in a series director by comedian Ben Wexler. The spot shows executives stopping a meeting with a receptionist to receive bonus checks. “Hang on,” one of them asked. Do you guys feel at all weird that these came from a Republican tax plan that ads $1.9 trillion to the federal deficit and was paid for with cuts to Medicare and Social Security?” (release)
DODGING THE PELOSI QUESTION. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “had just spent an hour at a South Dade health clinic gushing about” 2016 state Senate candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell’s (D) ‘courage,’ highlighting her congressional campaign to knock off one of the most vulnerable Republicans in America and bashing” Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R) “over his voting record on healthcare. But when it came time to reciprocate, Mucarsel-Powell wasn’t quite ready to fully endorse the return of Speaker Nancy Pelosi should Democrats take back the House of Representatives this November.” Mucarsel-Powell: “I’m doing this event with leader Pelosi because she shares this community’s values and I’m voting for speaker for whomever shares the values of this community.” (Miami Herald)
Air Force veteran Chrissy Houlahan (D) in PA-06: “It’s really interesting that I frequently get that question from the media and very, very rarely get that question from my community. My first and foremost responsibility with every vote that I take is to weigh all of my options.”
Former State Department official Andy Kim (D) in NJ-03: “I’m just focused right now on this district and the needs of this district. I’m going to make the decision based on who is going to help this district most.”
State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D) in NJ-02: “I think we’ve really got to take a good look at that. would not say that I would support her. It would be something that I think we need to look at, and it very well could be that we look at new Democratic leadership and voices.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)