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Dems Take Double-Digit Leads in 3 More Generic Ballots

George W. Bush will fundraise for Will Hurd and Pete Sessions.

Sept. 12, 2018, 10:04 a.m.

Democrats took double-digit leads on three generic ballots released Wednesday. In a Quinnipiac survey (Sept. 6-9; 1,038 RVs; +/-3.7%), Republicans trailed by 14 points, 52-38 percent, and Democrats notched a 15-point lead among independents. (release)

In an NPR/Marist poll (Sept. 5-9; 777 RVs; +/-4%), Democrats had a 12-point advantage, 50-38 percent. (release)

And in a Politico/Morning Consult’s poll (Sept. 6-9; 1,988 RVs; +/-2%), Democrats led by 10 points, 45-35 percent. President Trump’s approval was underwater at 41/56 and his approval among independent voters was underwater at 37/57. (Politico)

ON THE TRAIL. "Former President George W. Bush is hitting the fundraising circuit for a handful of Republican House" candidates. "Bush’s tour will begin Wednesday morning, when he holds a closed-door event in Fort Worth, Texas, for" Rep. Will Hurd (R). On Sept. 20, "Bush will hold a Dallas fundraiser for" Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX 32). "Sessions has said that he’s eager to campaign with Bush, who has a personal interest in the contest: He is a resident of the district, and it’s where his presidential library is located." (Politico)

YOUNG GUNS. The NRCC added two more Young Guns: Air Force veteran Wendy Rogers in AZ-01 and former Navy Medical Officer Steve Ferrara in AZ-09. (release)

NEWCOMERS. "As the party tries to recapture the House this year by winning 23 more seats, they're counting on an unusual crop of candidates: people who have never done anything like this before. People who've never run for school board or city council, much less a high-stakes race like Congress in a year when Democrats are desperate to win more leverage against President Donald Trump. Of the more than 50 candidates running in GOP-held districts given the best chance for flipping, almost two-thirds are seeking office for the first time. That's a significant increase over 2016, when less than half of those running in targeted districts were first-timers." (AP)

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