Republican candidates lead Democrats by nine points in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot.
The new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 45% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 36% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent.
But, of course, the elections aren’t being held today. We should never underestimate the ability of the GOP hierarchy to look so deeply into the gift horse’s mouth that they get stuck coming out the other end.
There’s a little news here for those afflicted with third party fever:
In a three-way congressional contest with a Tea Party candidate on the ballot, however, the Democrat earns 36% support. The GOP candidate comes in second with 25% of the vote, and the Tea Party candidate picks up 17%. Twenty-three percent (23%) are undecided.
The most nightmarish scenario would have the Republican higher-ups constantly backing the wrong (i.e. establishment and not conservative) candidates, thus alienating even more people and almost forcing a third party to emerge. Then the Democrats can bust out with the “Happy Days Are Here Again” crap.