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Polls: Senate Immigration Vote May Impact Election 2006

Sunday, October 01, 2006

On Friday, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to build a 700-mile barrier along the Mexican border, bowing to public opinion as an election draws near. With most Democrats voting against the measure and all but one Republican in favor of it, a partisan distinction is starting to emerge. That may contribute to a somewhat less discouraging political environment for the GOP this fall, but Republicans are still facing a difficult set of issues.

Also, it’s not clear how this distinction on immigration will impact the competitive races in our Senate Balance of Power summary.

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