boehner pelosiWith just over two weeks to go before Election Day, a new NPR poll of the nation's top battleground districts finds Democrats gaining on the GOP in races that will probably determine which party wins majority control of the next Congress.
According to NPR, 47 percent of likely voters in toss-up districts plan to vote GOP on Nov. 2, compared with 44 percent who are leaning toward the Dems. That's a notable difference since the last NPR poll, in June, which found Republicans with an 8-point advantage over Democrats. The poll is telling in that NPR is actually polling solely within so-called swing districts, and therefore offering a better sense of where the 2010 battle actually stands.
Yet Democrats shouldn't be cheering yet. While the party has improved its 2010 standing, the number of competitive districts has dramatically expanded in recent months. Back in June, there were just 70 toss-up districts. Now there are 96—and Democrats currently hold 86 of those.Read More »from Poll: Dems gain in swing districts, but battleground widens