Election Day 2010 is just one day away now. The buzz for the Election Day 2010 results is far from promising for the Democrats, who may now be resigned to the worst. At the least, it appears they are conceding the House, as projections for Republican gains keep growing. As for the Senate, even if the Republicans don’t take it back, they may fall only one or two seats short. At this point, the Election Day results are being treated as inevitable, with the only question left being the size of the Republican victory.
According to Yahoo News, the midterm projections have the Republicans going up to 233 seats in the House, which is more than enough to take control. As for the Senate, the Democrats are still projected to maintain it, but only by a 51-49 margin.
Therefore, Election Day 2010 will be all about the close races in the Senate, as even one surprising result could alter Senatorial control. But even if the Republicans don’t win back all of Congress, they will make any Democratic initiatives even harder to pass.
These kind of results have been projected for weeks and months, even as the Democrats and Republicans fight to change them – in their own ways. President Obama and Democratic leaders finished their campaigning on the weekend, as they tried to provide some last-minute optimism.
Despite their continued attacks on what the Republicans have done in the past and present, the Election Day results will not be about that. Instead, it is a referendum on the Democrats’ past and present, what they have or haven’t done, and how the country has reacted to it.
Traditionally, the midterms go against the party in charge, although the Republicans defied that trend in 2002. But just as they lost both the Senate and House in 2006, they hope to get it all back in 2010, although they stand to get most of it anyway.
There is now very little time left to do anything that would alter the results. The candidates, party leaders and President have all made their cases, and now the American people have the final say tomorrow. The run-up to Election Day has been particularly divisive, so it might be fitting if they leave Congress just as divided.
If the projections from Yahoo News hold, the Democrats will still hold the Senate, while the Republicans take the House. Such a situation is rare, but even if the Democrats hold one branch, the Republicans will still be declared the big winners. Of course, the Democrats will then start looking to 2012 to try and get it back – and would undoubtedly cite President Clinton’s recovery from the 1994 midterms as a talking point.
The Election Day results, and the official nail biting over the close Senate races, will start forming in over 24 hours.
Yahoo News- “Dems hope to limit losses in campaign’s last hours”