Politico: Brutal, Dramatic Weekend Leaves Election Outlook Right Where It Was Before

Politico: Brutal, Dramatic Weekend Leaves Election Outlook Right Where It Was Before

Politico: Brutal, Dramatic Weekend Leaves Election Outlook Right Where It Was Before

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Oct. 18 2010 11:23 AM

Politico: Brutal, Dramatic Weekend Leaves Election Outlook Right Where It Was Before

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, Politico reported. The Democrats lost quarterback Shaun Hill to a broken arm late in the first half against the Giants, saw second-year linebacker Zack Follett carted off to the hospital after a helmet-to-helmet collision, committed 11 penalties for 91 yards, lost two fumbles, and threw an interception—adding up to their 24th consecutive defeat on the road, tying an NFL record.



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had a brutal weekend. What happened to the Democrats?


More bad polls. More bad fundraising numbers. More dreary talk on the Sunday shows.

It added up to a brutal weekend for Democrats, as the consensus among election analysts, already bearish on the party's prospects, took a turn for the worse over the past 48 hours.
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Dreary talk! While other people were getting ready to play or watch football, the political analysts were diagnosing or conjuring "GOP momentum" and the "enthusiasm gap." Even though, as before, most voters were not casting ballots, it was a pivotal weekend.



Before the dramatic events of the Sunday shows, people had thought that the Democrats—the president's party, going into midterms, in a bad economy—were at risk of losing their majority in the House of Representatives. Now? One analyst

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is predicting a likely Republican gain of 40 to 50 seats, with 60 seats possible. Republicans need a net pickup of 39 seats to take the House.

So...the Democrats are at risk of losing their majority in the House. In that analyst's most likely scenario, the Republicans could gain control of the House by a margin of 11 seats, or possibly two seats. Brutal! And the Senate?


Key races in blue states slipped further from the Republicans' grasp, and Senate Republicans' campaign chief, John Cornyn, declined to predict on "Fox Sunday" that his party will win the upper chamber.

Well, that was certainly a blow to the Democrats. They might come out of this election cycle with a majority in only one house of the legislature. Plus control of the presidency. Basically, it is the French Revolution all over again.