Democrats are leading Republicans on CNN's generic midterm ballot by 13 points (54 percent to 41 percent), the widest margin since 2006, the midterm which made Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the speaker of the House, CNN reported.
The growing lead is supported by a larger majority of women supporting the Democratic candidate, which comes during the weekend of the Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
According to the CNN/SSRS poll:
- 63 percent of female likely voters support the Democratic candidate in their congressional district, while just 33 support the Republican candidate.
- 50 percent of male likely voters support the Republican candidate in their congressional district, while 45 percent support the Democratic candidate.
"If women were to vote as the likely voter number suggests, it would be Democrats' strongest performance in the House race in the history of modern exit polling (back to 1976)," CNN reported. "The previous record for women voting Democratic was in 1982, when Democrats got the nod of 58 percent of women voters."
Despite the positive numbers for Democrats, the likely voters polled still expect Republicans to retain control of the House and Senate, as 50 percent expect Republicans to remain in control of Congress and just 34 percent expecting Democrats to win the majority, according to the poll.
The poll was conducted Oct. 4-7 by SSRS and surveyed 739 likely voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.
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