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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Midterm Elections: Worse For Dems Than Originally Thought

With handicappers predicting Democratic loss of control of the House of Representatives and some even giving a chance of control of the senate switching hands, polling showing Democrats trailing in enthusiasm, Republicans holding a lead in the most highly contested districts, generic congressional ballots all favoring Republicans and report after report showing vulnerable Democrats trying to distance themselves from party leaders and Barack Obama, one would have thought the news really couldn't get much worse for Democrats.

They would have been wrong.


Democratic strategists acknowledged they are abandoning a dozen House seats the party now holds, as they try to salvage their majority in the chamber by shoring up candidates with better chances.

With Republicans expanding their advertising to broaden the field of competitive races, Democrats are shifting resources to help such senior lawmakers as House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (D., S.C.), and to head off Republicans in usually safe Massachusetts, where a southeast district that includes Cape Cod is competitive for the first time in decades.

The emerging battlefield, two weeks before Election Day, is almost entirely in districts now held by Democrats. It includes about 40 districts where both the Republican and Democratic House campaign arms are running television ads or have reserved TV time.

Beyond those, Republicans are on the air in a dozen additional districts, while Democrats are running ads in two. Republicans need a net gain of 39 seats to win a majority in the House.

"The field is essentially expanding by the day," said Ken Spain, spokesman for the GOP's House campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Nancy Pelosi is being renounced by her very own party candidates and congressional Democrats are running as fast and as far from Obama's agenda and their own votes for unpopular legislation that the 111th congress has passed.

Congressional Democrats were convinced that when they went on recess they could go home to their districts and make some headway into limiting the amount of seats Republicans would gain in the House and Senate come November 2, 2010, midterm election day, and yet polling organizations and handicappers are still adjusting their totals upward for Republicans.

there are millions upon millions being spent in advertising but with Democrats unable to tout their so-called "accomplishments" because the majority of Americans were opposed to most of the legislation passed, they are left with nothing to run on, no platform, nothing left to promise or use as an example of why they sould be elected or reelected.

Republicans have it much easier, all they have to do is remind voters of what has been passed and who passed it all.

It is a twisted world where Republicans have a better chance at winning control of at least the House when they tout Democratic so-called "accomplishments."