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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"Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in the 1980s, is reportedly willing to publicly testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee next Thursday. Lawyers for Ford told committee staffers during a call Thursday evening to negotiate details of a potential hearing that she wanted Kavanaugh to testify before her and she does not want to be in the same room as him, according to multiple reports."