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NPR: The Midterms From 2 Pollsters’ Point Of View

by Lisa Mathias

The WG’s David Winston and Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg chatted with NPR’s Robert Siegel about the results of midterm elections, and what lessons they learned and could impart on candidates for the next round. One big lesson according to David Winston: Independents matter.

When Republicans lost in 2006, we lost independents by 18 points. In this election, we won independents by 18 points. That’s the difference between being in the majority and minority. In 1994, when we won, we won them by 14 points. The political center is where you build your majority coalition. And that’s the lesson to be learned from this election.

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