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GOP Sees Boost in Millennial Support Before Midterms


A new poll of millennial voters finds a majority of those who will definitely vote in next week’s midterm election prefer a GOP-controlled Congress, a shift from a similar poll conducted before the 2010 election.

The Harvard Institute of Politics survey found that 51 percent of 18-29 year olds who are sure they will vote prefer Republican control, compared to 47 percent for Democrats. For all millennials — including those unsure about whether they will vote — 50 percent prefer Democratic control, while 43 percent prefer the GOP.

The results are a dramatic reversal from 2010, when those who were certain to vote preferred Democratic control 55 percent to 43 percent, and indicate that the Democratic hold on younger voters may be waning. Young conservatives are also more excited about voting this fall than their liberal counterparts, the poll found.

Among millennials, once a reliably strong block of support for…

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