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>> John Jackson, a 25 year old from Concord, New Hampshire says he's not a Democrat or a Republican, but he does like the GOP's record on jobs and the economy.>> When you look at the Republican party, they're all about American jobs, not putting stuff overseas.>> Jackson is not alone.
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While millennials still largely back Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that Republicans are chipping away their support this year, especially among young Whites who make up two of every three millennial voters. This shift could potentially impact which party controls Congress after the November election.
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Especially here in Manchester, New Hampshire, likely one of the most competitive congressional races that we'll see this year. Young White voters make up more than a quarter of the district's voting age population, which means millennials could make a big difference in the outcome.>> I would, I could go either way.
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>> This year voters will pick from a wide slate of candidates, including eight Democrats and two Republicans. And the candidates are working overtime to connect with young people, campaigning on college campuses and social media, and hitting on the issues that they think will resonate. One major topic, student debt.
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Maura Sullivan is a Democratic candidate.>> We need to look at how we bring down the cost of college. We need to look at different ways that people can access a higher education.>> But one of her Republican opponents, Eddie Edwards, has a different message.>> They made a desician to take on this debt.
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So okay. So this point we have to figure out a way to get them to a place they can entrepreneurs again, start families, buy homes, their starter homes. The Reuters/Ipsos poll found that back in 2016 millennials predominantly supported Democratic candidates over Republicans. Fast-forward to the upcoming midterms, and that support for Democrats has slipped about 10 points.
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Leading the shift, white millennials, especially young white men whose support has crossed part lines. In the first part of 2016, young white men backed Democrats over Republicans, but in 2018 ahead of the midterms, it's the reverse. And some of the credit appears to go to President Trump.>> It's the economy stupid, did you ever hear that one?
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It's the economy.>> Who relentlessly positioned himself as a champion of the American worker. It's still very early in this election cycle, and much will depend on which party does a better job at getting millennials to actually show up on election day. But the poll shows that public opinion is clearly trending in the wrong direction for Democrats with the group that historically gave them an advantage.