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Millennials lean toward GOP, survey finds

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Millennial voters are more of a swing vote this time around, and likely young voters actually prefer a Congress controlled by the Republicans, according to a new national Harvard Youth Poll released Wednesday.

The online survey polled 2,029 people between the ages of 18 and 29. It found that 51 percent of likely voters said they would prefer the GOP. In the last midterm election in 2010, likely young voters favored Democrats 55-43 percent, said John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Harvard Institute of Politics, in a conference call with the media.

One possible factor in the result? He said young Republican voters are more likely to turn out on Tuesday, But he also cautioned that the Republican lead is still small.

“In contrast to where we were four years ago,” Della Volpe said, “the youth vote is very much up for grabs politically.”

The survey was conducted between Sept. 26 and Oct. 9.

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