Two years after a Presidential election come midterm elections. In midterms, all 435 members of the House of Representatives face reelection if they wish to retain their seats. In addition, 33 to 34 Senator’s Seats are up for reelection, along with 36 governors.
The 2010-midterm elections are November 2.
2010 Midterm Elections
November 2 is slightly over two weeks away, and political prognosticators say indications are for large Republican gains in those three branches of government. The main reason this will happen, according to “As Democrats Message Lags, GOP Awaits Huge Wins,” is the unpopularity of President Obama’s policies. Presently, 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the performance of Obama, and the Democrat held Congress. Much of the disapproval revolves around the floundering economy, and the National Debt.
The Republicans benefit from the displeasure as donors pour money into Republican coffers. Basically, the Democrats have nothing to campaign on because of failed policies, so Obama has been negative campaigning against Republicans trying to energize his base, which is not working. “With unemployment at 9.6 percent,” former Nebraska Democrat Senator Bob Kerry said, “it’s difficult to say it could have been worse.”
House of Representatives
In the House Republicans need to win 40 seats, and even Democrats agree they will probably win more than that. If it happens, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., would lose her position as Speaker of the House, and Obama will need to work with House Republicans, instead of having his way with a Democrat controlled House.
The Democrats no longer fund races they feel they can’t win, and are instead putting that money into trying to save elections they once deemed secure.
In the Senate, the Republicans task is tougher, but isn’t insurmountable. To regain control of the Senate they must keep the seats they have, and pick up 10 of the 19 seats currently held by Democrats. All the Senate races will contribute to the whole that decides the party that controls the Senate, so a prediction is impossible. A possible indicator could be that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid trails in his reelection bid by a couple of percentage points, in Nevada.
The Democrats big concern in the gubernatorial races is losing States like Ohio, Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania. These States influence who wins presidential elections, and if they have a Republican governor, it makes swinging state elections to a Democrat candidate more difficult.
Charles Babington and Liz Siboti: As Democrats’ Message Lags, GOP awaits Huge Wins: Yahoo! News.mht