Updated Mar 12, 2018

Some good news for 2018 Senate Dems on health care

Here’s one bright spot for the 10 Senate Democrats up for re-election this year in states that President Trump won: Their constituents aren’t too fired up against the Affordable Care Act. Our Axios/Survey Monkey poll shows that most voters in all 10 states want Congress to either modify the law or leave it alone, rather than try to repeal it.

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Data: SurveyMonkey polls conducted February 12-March 5, 2018Poll Methodology; Note: "No answer" responses excluded; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Why it matters: Repeal is still a strong motivator for the GOP base, but that’s about the extent of its political potency. And most of these 10 Democrats have already tried to stake out a middle ground on health care, opposing the ACA repeal while also not joining their party’s shift toward embracing a single-payer system.

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Why it matters: Amazon sees a strategic advantage in podcasts by leveraging Alexa voice tech to help users discover personalized content.

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