Oct 27 2006

Will Democrats Retake Congress?

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ElectionsGUEST: Bob Benenson, Editor of CQpolitics.com, John Zogby, President and CEO of the independent polling firm Zogby International

The mid-term elections are around the corner and today we spend the morning taking a look at various Congressional races across the country. Democrats are poised to win a slim majority in the House of Representatives but many races are still too close to call. In the Senate, Democrats are facing tough resistance from rural voters according to a series of polls by the LA Times and Bloomberg. If Democrats can’t break through on November 7th to win Senate races in at least two of three rural states — Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia — they are unlikely to control the chamber. Democrats are leading in hotly contested races for Republican-held seats in Virginia and Ohio. But Republicans lead in Missouri and Tennessee. In New Jersey, the Republicans are making their strongest bid to gain a Democratic seat but the incumbent is holding a slim majority. According to pollster John Zogby, if the election was held today, Democrats would likely gain between 25 and 30 seats in the House and four in the Senate. That would give them a majority in the House, but not in the Senate. Zogby also said that 15 to 20 percent of voters, many of whom identify themselves as Republicans, are still undecided.

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