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The New York Times' Nate Cohn pushed back on criticism of a set of new polls released Wednesday that showed Southern Democrats either leading or neck-and-neck in four Senate races that have long been regarded as easy pickups for Republicans in the 2014 cycle.

Cohn responded to criticism from, in particular, The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol and the Republican National Committee over the poll. Kristol argued that the poll's survey results on a question over who voters supported in 2012 proves the poll is clearly skewed toward Democrats. Cohn brushed off that argument.

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A poll released Wednesday offers yet another data point showing the politics of Obamacare aren't as set in stone as the conventional wisdom would have you believe. Embracing Obamacare isn't necessarily a political loser, and obstructing it isn't necessarily a winner.

The New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation poll surveyed four Southern states that will help determine control of the Senate this fall. It earned headlines for finding the Democrats in better shape in the Senate races than most would have expected.

But it also assessed the popularity of four governors who have taken vastly different approaches to Obamacare -- and the findings are a direct contradiction of the narrative that the law is a loser, plain and simple, especially in states like these.

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Like clockwork, the consistently wrong Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol quickly moved to "unskew" a set of new polls showing Democrats in surprisingly good shape in a handful of Senate races where Republicans have long been regarded as the favorites.

The polls, conducted by The New York Times and Kaiser Family Foundation showed Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan (NC), Mary Landrieu (LA), and Mark Pryor (AR) as well as likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes either in an essential dead heat or leading their Republican competitors. Those Democrats have all been regarded as highly vulnerable this election cycle.

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