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Report: Dems Losing Public Support In Congressional Races

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New data from the Institute of Politics and Public Service shows public support for Democrats in congressional races is far less than support behind the presumptive nominee Joe Biden‘s presidential race.

The numbers show support for Biden is high — despite 59 percent of voters thinking it is unlikely Biden will finish a four-year term in the White House. But in down-the-ballot races, it’s not looking good for Democrats.

According to the report’s release, “Democrats see a 9-point drop in support between Biden and the generic Congressional Democrat among white suburban women, a 6-point drop among independents, and a 5-point drop with college graduates.”

While it may not ring good news for the Trump campaign, local congressional races should see this as potentially election-changing results.

Republicans also have higher support in crucial voting blocks like rural voters (57 percent), white seniors (53 percent), and voters with some college education (50 percent), according to the data.

While this poll suggests Biden is soaring past Trump in national polls — which notably didn’t matter in 2016 since the electoral college does not need national support — the Republican platform in general is more popular.

The generic Congressional ballot results show Republican support at 44 percent — with Democrats sitting at 50 percent.

This is much smaller than the Biden/Trump numbers, specifically on different issues like the COVID-19 response where Biden leads Trump by 22 percent in voter’s approval.

Therefore, November may see many congressional elections go in President Trump’s favor but the presidential ballot still remains uncertain.

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Analysis: Biden unlikely to sanction Iran’s oil exports, gas prices ‘critical during an election year’

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Analysts say President Joe Biden is unlikely to “prompt dramatic sanctions action on Iran’s oil exports” due to “worries about boosting oil prices and angering top buyer China” according to Reuters.

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, House Republican Representative Steve Scalise, said the administration had made it easier for Iran to sell its oil, generating revenues that were being used to “go fund terrorist activity.”

The Biden administration has maintained for months that among its primary goals is to keep the Gaza conflict between terror group Hamas and Israel from turning into a wider regional war. However, House Republican leaders accused President Joe Biden of failing to enforce existing measures and said they would take up this week a series of bills to sharpen sanctions on Iran.

Kimberly Donovan, a sanctions and anti-money laundering expert at the Atlantic Council, said that oil-related sanctions have not been strictly enforced in the past couple of years.

“I would not expect the administration to tighten enforcement in response to Iran’s missile and drone attacks against Israel over the weekend, mainly for concerns (that) could lead to increases in oil prices,” she said.

“The price of oil and ultimately the prices of gas at the pump become critical during an election year.”
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