Top Pollster Warns Dems Have Huge Turnout Disadvantage In Midterms

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A top Democratic pollster warned that Democrats have a big turnout disadvantage in the midterm elections.

“There is a huge turnout disadvantage and challenge,” Democratic pollster Celina Lake said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Tuesday according to CNN. “There is always a challenge in turnout in an off year, but it’s really dramatic this time.”

Lake, along with Republican Pollster Ed Goeas also revealed the findings of a new George Washington University poll which found that 64 percent of Republican voters say they are “extremely likely” to vote in the 2014 midterm elections in November while 57 percent of Democrats say they are “extremely likely” to vote in the same elections.

Lake cited the recent result of the Florida 13th special election, where Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink as an example of the turnout problems facing Democrats.

“I think we saw it play out in the Florida special,” Lake added. The GOP turnout efforts in that race, Lake said, were “darn effective.”

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