A new Rasmussen poll released the day before the 2018 election shows a shocking turn of events: the Republicans have now taken the lead in the “generic ballot” polls.
The generic ballot surveys Americans to see which party, regardless of individual candidate, they’d like to represent them in Congress. It’s considered a major benchmark of voter enthusiasm and motivation.
Rasmussen shows the Republicans leading Democrats by 1 point, 46 to 45.
Notably, this is the first time since President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017 that shows a Republican lead in the generic ballot. With the exception of a few scattered polls showing the parties tied in the generic ballot, the Democrats have led.
Early voting figures seems to reflect a Republican resurgence in the final weeks before tomorrow’s vote: in key states, Republicans are voting at a higher rate than Democrats.
The 2018 election will be held on Tuesday, November 6.