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The GOP will retain the Senate and the House 8 22.86%
The GOP will lose the House only, but keep the Senate 11 31.43%
The GOP will lose both the House and Senate and the Democrats will anoint Queen Nancy as speaker 9 25.71%
I have no clue of what you are polling of diamondbruno9, nor do I give a frog's fat a**! 4 11.43%
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Old 11-02-2006, 01:21 PM   #76
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Go to a Section:U.S.InternationalBusinessSmall BusinessMarketsPoliticsEntertainmentTechnologySportsOddly Enough2006 Election CoverageUnemployment rate lowest in nearly 5-1/2 years
Fri Nov 3, 2006 9:02am ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to its lowest in nearly 5-1/2 years during October as 92,000 more jobs were added and hiring in each of the two prior months was revised up, a government report on Friday showed.

The October new-jobs figure was below Wall Street economists' expectations for 125,000 but the Labor Department said a total 139,000 more jobs were created in August and September than it had previously thought. It revised up September's job-creation total to 148,000, or nearly three times the 51,000 it reported a month ago, and said there were 230,000 new jobs in August instead of 188,000.

The unemployment rate fell in October to 4.4 percent from 4.6 percent in September. It was the lowest unemployment rate since 4.3 percent in May 2001 and was likely to fan concerns that labor markets are growing tight and could contribute to inflation pressures.

Average hourly earnings rose 0.4 percent to $16.91 - higher than the 0.3 percent that analysts had anticipated - while the average work week edged up to 33.9 hours from 33.8. Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 3.9 percent, the department said.

Most of the new hiring in October was in service industries, where 152,000 new jobs were created, while goods-producing industries shed 60,000 jobs.

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Summary of Findings

A nationwide Pew Research Center survey finds voting intentions shifting in the direction of Republican congressional candidates in the final days of the 2006 midterm campaign. The new survey finds a growing percentage of likely voters saying they will vote for GOP candidates. However, the Democrats still hold a 48% to 40% lead among registered voters, and a modest lead of 47%-43% among likely voters.

The narrowing of the Democratic lead raises questions about whether the party will win a large enough share of the popular vote to recapture control of the House of Representatives. The relationship between a party's share of the popular vote and the number of seats it wins is less certain than it once was, in large part because of the increasing prevalence of safe seat redistricting. As a result, forecasting seat gains from national surveys has become more difficult.

The survey suggests that the judgment of undecided voters will be crucial to the outcome of many congressional races this year. As many as 19% of voters now only lean to a candidate or are flatly undecided. The Democrats hold a 44% to 35% lead among committed voters. But the race is more even among voters who are less strongly committed to a candidate; those who only lean to a candidate divide almost evenly between Republicans and Democrats (5% lean Republican/4% lean Democrat).

Republican gains in the new poll reflect a number of late-breaking trends. First, Republicans have become more engaged and enthused in the election than they had been in September and October. While Democrats continue to express greater enthusiasm about voting than do Republicans, as many Republican voters (64%) as Democratic voters (62%) now say they are giving quite a lot of thought to the election. About a month ago, Democratic voters were considerably more likely than GOP voters to say they were giving a lot of thought to the election (by 59%-50%). As a result, Republicans now register a greater likelihood of voting than do Democrats, as is typical in mid-term elections.

The Republicans also have made major gains, in a relatively short time period, among independent voters. Since early this year, the Democratic advantage in the generic House ballot has been built largely on a solid lead among independents. As recently as mid-October, 47% of independent voters said they were voting for the Democratic candidate in their district, compared with 29% who favored the Republican. Currently, Democrats lead by 44%-33% among independent voters.

Notably, President Bush's political standing has improved in the final week before the election. Bush's job approval rating among registered voters has risen from 37% in early October, to 41% in the current survey. Mirroring the GOP's gains among independent voters, Bush's rating among this crucial group of swing voters now stands at 35%, its highest point this year.

The final pre-election survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted among 2,369 registered voters from Nov. 1-4, finds that voter appraisals of the national economy also have improved. In the current poll, 44% rate it as excellent or good, compared with 36% who held that view in mid-October. Republicans and independents have a much better view of the economy than they did just a few weeks ago. Among independent voters, 41% rate the economy as good or excellent, compared with 29% in mid-October.

In addition, Sen. John Kerry's "botched joke" about the war in Iraq attracted enormous attention. Fully 84% of voters say they have heard a lot or a little about Kerry's remarks * with 60% saying they have heard a lot. By comparison, just 26% say they have heard a lot about President Bush's statement that he will keep Donald Rumsfeld as secretary of defense until he leaves office in 2009. Most voters say Kerry's statement is not a serious consideration in their vote, but 18% of independent voters say it did raise serious doubts about voting for a Democratic candidate.

GOP Voters More Engaged

For months, Democrats have expressed more interest in the election and enthusiasm about voting than have Republicans. The 'enthusiasm gap' was dramatic in Pew surveys in early October (18 points) and late October (17 points).

These differences have narrowed considerably. About half of Democratic voters (51%) say they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting, little change from Pew's two previous surveys. By contrast, 42% of Republicans say they are more enthusiastic about voting; that is fewer than the percentage of Democrats more enthused about going to vote, but 10 points higher than just a few weeks ago.

Moreover, Republicans have gained ground in recent weeks on measures aimed at assessing a voter's likelihood of voting. So while Pew polls in early October and mid-October showed virtually no change in the Democratic advantage between all voters and those most likely to turn out, the current survey shows the Democrats' eight-point lead among all registered voters narrowing considerably among likely voters. In this regard, the current campaign more closely resembles previous midterm elections since 1994, when Republicans also fared better among likely voters than among all registered voters.

Party Control a Major Factor

While Republicans have become more engaged in the campaign in recent weeks, an increasing number also say that the issue of which party controls Congress will be a factor in their vote. Currently, 65% of Republicans say partisan control of Congress is a factor in their vote, up from 58% in early October and 54% in June. The percentage of Democrats who view partisan control of Congress a factor in their vote has remained more stable; 73% say that, up slightly from early October, but largely unchanged from June.

Compared to past campaigns, many more voters, regardless of party affiliation, say partisan control of Congress matters in their vote. Fully 61% of registered voters now express this view; fewer than half did so in November 2002 (48%) and November 1998 (46%).

Iraq Still Top Issue

The situation in Iraq remains the top issue of the midterm elections. Roughly half of voters (48%) cite the situation in Iraq as either the most important (or second most important) issue in their vote. Roughly four-in-ten (42%) cite the economy as a major issue in their vote, while 35% say health care. These opinions have changed very little over the past month.

The situation in Iraq is by far the top issue for Democrats (60%). About half of independents (46%) cite Iraq as an important issue in their vote, but 41% mention the economy and 36% health care. Among Republicans, comparable percentages view terrorism (41%), the economy (41%), and the situation in Iraq (38%) as the top issue in their vote. Immigration is a much more important issue for Republicans (31%) * and independents (26%) * than it is for Democrats (15%).

Interest High, But More 'Mud-Slinging'

The overall level of voter interest in this campaign is much higher than it has been for recent midterms. Fully 61% of voters say they have given a lot of thought to the election, while 33% say they have followed campaign news very closely. This far surpasses interest in the 2002 and the 1998 campaigns, and even the historic 1994 election, when the Republicans gained control of Congress.

At the same time, more voters feel that this election season has seen more "mud-slinging" than past elections. Overall, 65% of voters * 72% of those who live in congressional districts with competitive contests * say this campaign has been marred by more negative campaigning than in past elections; only about half of voters expressed this opinion at the end of the 2002 (51%) and 1998 (52%) midterms.

This is one issue on which there is little partisan division. Two-thirds of independents (67%), and nearly as many Democrats (65%) and Republicans (65%), say there has been more negative campaigning than in past elections.

Most Voters Have Been Contacted

Roughly six-in-ten voters (58%) say they have been contacted by candidates or political groups, either over the phone, in person, or by email. That represents a modest increase from early October (49%). Somewhat more Republicans (63%) than independents (58%) or Democrats (54%) say they have been contacted by campaigns. One-in-five Democrats (20%) say they have been urged to vote for a Democratic candidate. About the same number of Republicans (21%) say they have been urged to vote for one of their party's candidates; more Republicans than Democrats volunteer that they have been encouraged to vote for both GOP and Democratic candidates (19% vs. 14%).

GOP Gloom Increases

All year, Democrats have been much more bullish than the Republicans regarding their party's electoral prospects. The gap has widened in the campaign's final days. Fully 72% of Democratic voters say they think the Democratic Party will do better this year than it has in recent elections, up slightly from last month.

Meanwhile, more Republican voters feel the party will do worse than it has in recent elections (29% now vs. 21% last month). A plurality of GOP voters (48%) say the party will fare about the same as it has in recent elections, while just 17% think the Republican Party will do better than it has in recent years
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Parties Crank Up Voter Turnout Efforts
Amid the Last-Minute Blitz, Some Polls Hold Positive Signs for Republicans

By Dan Balz and Jim VandeHei
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, November 6, 2006; A01

Republicans seized on signs of movement in their direction yesterday as they unleashed a massive election-eve voter mobilization operation in an effort to stave off potentially substantial losses in the House and preserve at least a slender majority in the Senate.

Democrats answered the Republicans' get-out-the-vote machinery with intensified efforts to contact infrequent and still-undecided voters in a handful of tight Senate races as well as in more than two dozen GOP-held House districts where races were too close to call.

A Pew Research Center poll showed a significant narrowing in the partisan advantage in House races that the Democrats have enjoyed for much of the year, findings that echoed those of a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Saturday showing the Democrats with a six-point edge.

The Pew poll showed that the Democratic advantage had dropped to 47 percent to Republicans' 43 percent among likely voters, down from 50 percent to 39 percent two weeks ago. The poll found a drop in Democratic support among independents, but Pew Director Andrew Kohut said the most significant change over the past two weeks is that Republicans now outnumber Democrats among likely voters.

Separately, a USA Today/Gallup Poll showed Democrats leading Republicans by 51 percent to 44 percent among likely voters on the "generic vote" -- the question of which party voters intend to support in House races -- down from a 13-percentage-point advantage two weeks ago. But the newspaper noted Republicans enjoyed a similar 7-point edge on the eve of their 1994 landslide victory.

Other weekend polls by Time and Newsweek magazines continued to show Republicans at a steep disadvantage, with Democrats enjoying double-digit margins in party preferences for the House.

GOP strategists said they think their prospects continue to improve as voters digest the guilty verdict against former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, positive economic statistics and the prospect of Democrats taking control of one or both chambers of the legislative branch. "I have always believed that Republican voters in many cases come home later, particularly this year," said Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman.

President Bush campaigned yesterday in two conservative Plains states, Nebraska and Kansas, where there are no competitive statewide races but where Kansas Rep. Jim Ryun (R) is in trouble and where Nebraska state Sen. Adrian Smith (R) is struggling to win an open seat in a heavily Republican district.

A senior GOP strategist said party officials anticipated that the generic vote would tighten, but they do not consider the shift significant enough to change the contours of this election. More than 20 GOP incumbents are tied with their opponents heading into the final days. "It is the 50-50 districts that turnout can help," said the strategist, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to talk about strategy.

Democrats, mindful of the Republicans' success in getting their voters to the polls in the past two elections, expressed nervousness at signs of tightening in some national polls. But they said private and some public polling in contested House districts continued to show their party in a position to win enough seats to claim the majority.

"I don't know what to make of it," said Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Senate races in Virginia, Missouri and Montana, all for seats currently held by Republicans, remained among the closest in the country. Contests in Republican-held Tennessee and Democratic-held Maryland looked tight as well, depending on the poll. One survey showed the race in Rhode Island, a state Democrats must take to win the Senate, very close.

Strategists sought solace in any survey that looked good, but with less than 48 hours remaining before the polls close on Tuesday, both parties concentrated on direct voter contact, built on months of sophisticated analysis of the electorate and microtargeting of tens of millions of voters around the country.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee expected to spend roughly $25 million on its voter mobilization efforts; the DCCC was set to spend $10 million. The Democratic National Committee has given the other committees about $8 million for get-out-the-vote activities.

The Republican National Committee planned to expend about $30 million on its operations. While that was less than the Democrats, Republicans began with a significant advantage in technology and information, having spent tens of millions in earlier campaigns building voter lists and modeling the electorate. Democrats have tried to create those models this year.

Democratic strategists said privately that overall, there is less money flowing into key states this year than during the 2004 presidential election.

Democrats and Republicans were both counting on help from outside groups. Conservative groups were contacting their supporters, while progressive groups like MoveOn.org and America Votes were turning up their operations. MoveOn.org members made 800,000 phone calls yesterday and plan another 1.2 million each today and Tuesday. Organized labor said it would put 30,000 volunteers on the streets to contact union members.

Both sides boasted about their turnout operations. Democrats said they have signed up one volunteer for every 21 voters in Montana, while Republicans said they directly contacted one in 10 registered voters in that state on Saturday alone.

In Missouri, Democrats planned to contact several hundred thousand "drop-off voters" -- those who vote in presidential but not midterm elections -- and tens of thousands of undecided voters before Tuesday. Republicans were contacting about 200,000 targeted Missouri voters a day.

GOP officials said their biggest concern is the inability to turn out voters in districts they did not originally consider at risk. "We're able to move financial resources, but it's almost impossible to get human resources" into these newly competitive districts, said the GOP strategist.

It was that reality that took Bush to the Plains states yesterday. In heavily Republican districts, aides said, the president could make up for what the NRCC could not do. But Bush's weekend schedule also showed that, because he has less sway with independents, there are many districts where his presence could do as much harm as good.

In another sign of how Bush's market value has fallen, Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist said yesterday that he would skip the president's rally in Pensacola this morning. The White House put the Florida stop on Bush's election-eve schedule specifically to promote Crist, only to be embarrassed by his last-minute defection. That will make the most prominent Florida politician appearing at the event Senate candidate Rep. Katherine Harris, who appears headed for a crushing defeat and whom the Bush family has tried to avoid this fall.

Elsewhere, in New Hampshire, Rep. Charles Bass (R) has seen his 20-point lead evaporate in the past five weeks, leaving the RNC with little time to implement even a bare-bones version of its mobilization plan, known as the 72-hour program. "We are not counting on them," said Matt Hagerty, campaign manager for Bass.

Instead, Bass is using an old-fashioned operation that relies on volunteers calling supporters, knocking on their doors and sending out 40,000 e-mails reminding them to vote. "We are running the same operation the congressman has run for the last six cycles," Hagerty said.

The DCCC identified 40 competitive districts in September and has continued to focus on them, rather than trying to build get-out-the-vote operations in some of these districts that have unexpected opportunities. Bass's Democratic challenger, Paul Hodes, is getting strategic advice from the DCCC but is relying mostly on a network of volunteers to turn out voters.

"You cannot buy G.O.T.V.," said Dana Houle, campaign manager for Hodes, referring to get-out-the-vote efforts. "You have to lay the foundation in terms of volunteer recruitment months beforehand."

Turnout operations can affect only races that are decided by a few thousand votes. With this in mind, the Philadelphia suburbs have become a key battleground. Both sides anticipated that the rematch between Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) and Democrat Lois Murphy could be decided by a percentage point or two, both plowed resources into the race over the summer in preparation for the final 72 hours of the campaign, and both expressed confidence in their operations.

But it is impossible to determine how voters will react. One group of GOP volunteers hit a leafy neighborhood over the weekend to rally support for Gerlach, but they made contact with only five of 73 GOP households they approached.

Activity has been especially intense in Indiana's 2nd District, where Rep. Chris Chocola (R) faces possible defeat by Democrat Joe Donnelly. Republicans said they contacted 124,000 households in recent days -- more than half of all households in the district. One Donnelly canvasser visited so many households in the Logansport area that the local marshal forced him to register as a solicitor.
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Week of November 6, 2006
by Robert Novak
Posted Nov 06, 2006

November 6, 2006
Washington, DC
Special Edition
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Democrats are set to gain 19 House seats, two Senate seats, and five governorships in tomorrow's elections. It is a sign of Republicans' sorry state that, at this point, this is actually a very favorable outlook for them.

In the last day of the midterm election campaign, we offer a final run-down of how candidates are doing in each contested district or state. We aim to give a complete forecast on tomorrow's competitive election contests in this final-hour newsletter, which will be followed up by a post-election analysis on Wednesday.

Expectations Game: At this point, there will be no new polls, no major news events capable of significantly disrupting the election cycle.

We know one thing for sure: Republicans are going to lose ground in both houses of Congress. The White House presents, as its rosiest scenario, a loss of 12 House seats. This is not entirely impossible, but it is too optimistic for the realistic observer.

If Democrats fail, it will set off an even worse intra-party bloodbath than came after the 2000 and 2004 elections.

If Democrats succeed, it will be for two reasons:

The first is an arrogant and politically tin-eared Republican establishment in Washington. In the handling of key issues such as the occupation of Iraq, the response to Hurricane Katrina, and a meaningful follow-through on Social Security reform, the White House displayed incompetence.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, Republicans encouraged practices (such as earmarking in the appropriations process) that let corruption run free. When scandal hit, they handled it badly, particularly in the most recent case of disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.). They also went to great lengths to alienate their base on the issue of immigration reform, and they created an issue for Democrats in the form of embryonic stem-cell research. Recall that federal funding for embryonic research received a vote on the House floor only when the House Republican leadership made a deal with moderates in order to pass their budget in 2005.

Last, but not least, comes the brilliant candidate recruiting and fundraising on the part of two men – Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). And should it occur, Democratic victory will come in spite of the total incompetence of Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Howard Dean.
But what about the unlikely event that Republicans succeed in keeping both the House and the Senate? Republican pundits deceive when they lower the bar, writing now of a Democratic sweep of the House as something that had always been inevitable. In fact, no one but the biggest Democratic dreamer could have expected a 15-seat gain in the House in 2006 after the historic 2004 election solidified GOP power around the country at the federal and, in most places, the state level. The thought that Democrats might actually take the Senate was not even in the minds of the most partisan Democratic dreamers.

But the reality of expectations has now changed. Republicans would be euphoric to cling to a one-seat advantage in the House and a 50-50 Senate. In fact, it would probably be demonstrative proof that, in the long haul, their grip on the nation is bulletproof. If you can't lose an election after all that has happened in the last two years, it may not be possible to lose.

If Republicans win, it will be for one reason: a superior turnout operation. The electorate will answer several questions tomorrow, but the most interesting one for Republicans is whether the Karl Rove-Ken Mehlman voter-turnout program is really all that powerful? Can it bring to the polls significant numbers of voters who in the past would have skipped the midterm, voting only in presidential contests? Can it be the Republicans' deus ex machina in the final act of the 2006 election, pulling the closest races out of the fire, and perhaps even providing some late surprises?

Late GOP Shift: Is there any truth to the late shift toward the Republicans that is being reported in the news and played out in some public polls? There are ways of knowing this.

First, there is a small hint buried in the discrepancies in responses between "registered" and "likely" voters in the public polls. For months, many polls have shown Democrats doing better among the carefully screened sample of "likely" voters than among the great unwashed mass of "registered" voters. Historically, it has been the opposite: Republicans have performed better when the likely non-voters are excluded. Polls are now reflecting a return to that historical normalcy -- Republicans perform better among "likely" voters.

This is a small but noteworthy sign that the GOP base is coming home and will vote rather than sit it out. If Republicans were to lose their historic advantage of their registered voters' turning out more reliably than those of Democrats, they would likely suffer a disastrous loss of more than 30 seats. They seem to have avoided the tsunami that everyone had been talking about.

Also significant is the GOP's late surge in the national generic ballot. We put almost no faith in the generic ballot's margin as an indicator of how the election will go. Recall that Republicans actually trailed by five points in the final Washington Post generic ballot in 1994. But trends in the generic ballot usually mean something. After favoring Democrats heavily for months, often by double digits, three generic ballot tests show Republicans closing the gap.

Late Results: Enormous Republican efforts to encourage early and absentee voting could dramatically skew exit polls. Do not be surprised if the apparent results Tuesday night are overturned by Wednesday morning in several close House races. Also, expect a few recounts.

House 2006

Below is a very brief summary of the competitive House races, with our final predictions, listed in the order that each state's polls close. Democrats +19, Republicans -19.

Georgia-3: Rep. Mac Collins (R) has finished very strong, running a much more competitive race than anyone had believed possible against moderate Rep. Jim Marshall (D). Marshall leads well within the margin or error -- a lead so small that the expected rainstorm tomorrow in central Georgia could throw the race to Collins. Leaning Republican Takeover.

Georgia-12: Former Rep. Max Burns (R) is close enough that we expect him to catch Rep. John Barrow (D) tomorrow. If he fails, it is because he lacked a strong ground game in the rural parts of the district. Leaning Republican Takeover.

Indiana-2: Once given up for dead by the Beltway crowd, Rep. Chris Chocola (R) might actually be saved at the last second by dint of an extremely strong volunteer get-out-the-vote operation. He still trails his 2004 opponent, businessman Joe Donnelly (D) as of the last public polls.

This race is a bellwether. If Chocola somehow wins, it will be a testimony to the success of the RNC 72-hour program and the Rove-Mehlman election model. It will also be a sign that it's worth staying up to see if Republicans can hold on to the House. Leaning Democratic Takeover.

Indiana-7: This race popped up late on the radar screen, but the polls showing Rep. Julia Carson (D) in serious trouble are not to be believed. She will win handily, turning back former auto dealer Eric Dickerson (R). Likely Democratic Retention.

Indiana-8: Rep. John Hostettler's (R) demise has been prematurely reported in the past, but it is hard to see him pulling it out this time. Vandenburgh County Sheriff Brad Ellsworth (D) will put an end to Hostettler's political career, but it will be closer than the seven-point margin shown in the polls. The only reason for Hostettler's problems has been his refusal to raise PAC money coupled with his rigid adherence to his grassroots model of campaigning. A staunch conservative, he is one of the few Republicans who voted against the Iraq War, and he has tried to save himself at the last minute by reminding voters of that fact. Likely Democratic Takeover.

Indiana-9: After trailing throughout the summer and fall, Rep. Mike Sodrel (R) has finally surged ahead in the late stages and should win over his two-time rival, Rep. Baron Hill (D) in a best-of-three matchup. We move this race from Leaning Democratic Takeover to Leaning Republican Retention.

Kentucky-2: Rep. Ron Lewis (R) will easily defeat state Rep. Mike Weaver (D) in what had once figured to be a much closer race. Likely Republican Retention.

Kentucky-3: Rep. Anne Northup (R) has faced tougher challengers than newspaper publisher John Yarmuth (D) and turned them back, but Yarmuth has done well in what has been such a Democratic environment this year.

It is hard to give a clear picture of a race when two polls, taken simultaneously, show the incumbent six points ahead and six points behind at the same point in time, respectively. But Northup has done nothing special in the last week to bring defeat upon herself, and she has defied expectations enough in the past that we believe she will narrowly hang on. Leaning Republican Retention.

Kentucky-4: Rep. Geoff Davis (R) has run a strong race, whereas his opponent, former Rep. Ken Lucas (D), has taken an easy-going approach to the campaign. It should be close, but Davis should prevail. Leaning Republican Retention.

South Carolina-5: Rep. John Spratt (D) will crush state Rep. Ralph Norman (R). Likely Democratic Retention.

Vermont-AL: State Sen. Peter Welch (D) will defeat National Guard Adjutant General Martha Rainville (R). Likely Democratic Retention.

Virginia-2: Rep. Thelma Drake (R) should narrowly defeat Virginia Beach Tax Assessor Phil Kellam (D). Leaning Republican Retention.

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North Carolina-11: Ethically challenged Rep. Charles Taylor (R) is a goner this time, to be sacked tomorrow by moderate Heath Shuler (D), the former NFL quarterback. Likely Democratic Takeover.

Ohio-1: Rep. Steve Chabot (R) is fighting for his political life against Cincinnati Councilman Steve Cranley (D). There has been no reliable polling in quite some time, but we believe that Chabot will survive this one, even though the available polls have him trailing by two points. Leaning Republican Retention.

Ohio-2: Rep. Jean Schmidt (R) is not the ideal candidate, but Democrats had a better shot at her in 2005, when she narrowly won the special election to replace Rep. Rob Portman (R). She should be saved once again by the heavy Republican composition of her district and the left-wing politics of her opponent, medical doctor Victoria Wulsin (D). Schmidt has suffered late damage as the footage of her speech about Rep. John Murtha (D) has appeared in one of Wulsin's commercials. Leaning Republican Retention.

Ohio-6: The race between state Sen. Charlie Wilson (D) and state Rep. Chuck Blasdel (R) never became competitive. Likely Democratic Retention.

Ohio-15: Rep. Deborah Pryce (R), suffering from a sex scandal, her close friendship with former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), and the general problems of the Ohio GOP, will lose to attorney Mary Jo Kilroy (D). Leaning Democratic Takeover.

Ohio-18: State Sen. Joy Padgett (R) did not prove to be the candidate Republicans needed to defeat attorney Zack Space (D). Likely Democratic Takeover.

Connecticut-2: Rep. Rob Simmons (R), holding the most Democratic of Connecticut's House seats, appears ready to pull it off again over businessman Joe Courtney. We move this race from Leaning Democratic Takeover to Leaning Republican Retention.

Connecticut-4: Former Westport Selectwoman Diane Farrell (D) should end the career of Rep. Chris Shays (R). Leaning Democratic Takeover.

Connecticut-5: Rep. Nancy Johnson (R), once a sure thing, now looks like a loser against state Sen. Chris Murphy (D). Leaning Democratic Takeover.

Florida-13: Banker Christine Jennings (D) is the favorite against auto dealer Vern Buchanan (R) in this very wealthy, Republican district. Leaning Democratic Takeover.

Florida-16: We believe that Republican state Rep. Joe Negron (R) will actually save Mark Foley's district from the fire, beating businessman Tim Mahoney (D). Leaning Republican Retention.

Florida-22: Despite a few erratic polls near the end showing him losing big, Rep. Clay Shaw (R) appears to be narrowly ahead. He should survive the challenge of state Sen. Ron Klein (D) with heavy early voting and a strong ground game. Leaning Republican Retention.

Illinois-6: In one of the most closely watched and expensive races in the country this year, State Sen. Peter Roskam (R) should prevail over disabled Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth (D). Leaning Republican Retention.

Illinois-8: Businessman David McSweeney (R) has made this into a real race, but freshman Rep. Melissa Bean (D) now appears ready to retain control of her seat. Leaning Democratic Retention.

New Hampshire-2: Rep. Charlie Bass (R) was simply caught off guard, expecting an easy race. Now it appears he will lose narrowly to attorney Paul Hodes (D). Leaning Democratic Takeover.

Pennsylvania-4: Rep. Melissa Hart (R) will survive a late scare from health care lobbyist Jason Altmire (D). Likely Republican Retention.

Pennsylvania-6: Rep. Jim Gerlach (R), in a marginal seat, was never given much of a chance of keeping it. We believe he will lose re-election to lawyer Lois Murphy (D), who nearly unseated him in the much better GOP year of 2004. Leaning Democratic Takeover.

Pennsylvania-7: Rep. Curt Weldon (R), smitten by scandal, will lose re-election to Ret. Rear Adm. Joe Sestak (D). Likely Democratic Takeover.

Pennsylvania-8: Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R) should squeak this one out against left-wing activist and Iraq War veteran Patrick Murphy (D). Fitzpatrick has the help of a small volunteer army of Catholic staffers on Capitol Hill. Leaning Republican Retention.

Pennsylvania-10: Rep. Don Sherwood (R) is now paying a $500,000 settlement to his girlfriend, who claimed he tried to choke her. This is the only reason he will lose to Chris Carney (D), a former intelligence analyst. Likely Democratic Takeover.

Pennsylvania-12: Rep. Jack Murtha (D) will easily survive the challenge by Washington County Commissioner Diane Irey (R). Likely Democratic Retention.

Arizona-1: Scandal charges against Rep. Rick Renzi (R) never really got legs, and that will allow him to survive against attorney Ellen Simon. Likely Republican Retention.

Arizona-5: Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R) should hang on -- barely -- in his race against state Sen. Harry Mitchell (D). Leaning Republican Retention.

Arizona-8: State Sen. Gabrielle Giffords (D) should defeat Rep. Randy Graf (R). If Graf pulls it off, it will be a sign that immigration is a much better issue than anyone previously thought. Likely Democratic Takeover.

Colorado-4: Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R) will narrowly survive the challenge of college professor Angie Paccione (D). The marriage amendment on the ballot (see below) will help Musgrave, who has championed the issue in Congress. Leaning Republican Retention.

Colorado-5: State Sen. Doug Lamborn (R) will fend off TK Jay Fawcett (D) in a district that is too Red for him to lose. The disgrace of the Rev. Ted Haggard was designed to affect this race, but it will not be enough to put Fawcett over the top. Leaning Republican Retention.

Colorado-7: State Sen. Ed Perlmutter (D) will handily defeat former state education commissioner Rick O'Donnell (R). Likely Democratic Takeover.

Kansas-2: Rep. Jim Ryun (R) found himself in big trouble late against chemist Nancy Boyda (D), his repeat challenger. But he caught a lucky break when her husband remarked that Sen. John Kerry's remarks on the military and education were not a big deal. President Bush's visit also buoyed him, and the district is likely to come home to its strong Republican orientation. Leaning Republican Retention.

Minnesota-1: Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R) will defeat high school teacher Tim Walz (D). Leaning Republican Retention.

Minnesota-6: State Sen. Michele Bachmann (R) has run a terrific campaign and should beat child safety advocate Patty Wetterling (D) by a close margin. Leaning Republican Retention.

Nebraska-3: With late help from President Bush, state Sen. Adrian Smith (R) should narrowly defeat rancher Scott Kleeb (D). Leaning Republican Retention.

New Mexico-1: This time, Rep. Heather Wilson (R) has too strong an opponent in Atty. Gen. Patricia Madrid (D) to make the late surge that has always saved her in the past. She can never be wholly counted out, but we expect her to lose. Leaning Democratic Takeover.

New York-19: Despite a late visit by former Ambassador Joe Wilson, Rep. Sue Kelly (R) should survive her tough race against musician John Hall (D). Likely Republican Retention.

New York-20: Rep. John Sweeney (R) is a goner after an old police report alleging domestic abuse was leaked to the press. Attorney Kirsten Gillibrand (D) is now expected to win. Leaning Democratic Takeover.

New York-24: Oneida County D.A. Mike Arcuri (D) will seize this seat from the GOP, defeating state Sen. Ray Meier (R). Leaning Democratic Takeover.

New York-25: Rep. James Walsh (R) has seen some softening in his numbers over the past week, but his internals still show him in the lead. His race promises to be very close against Dan Maffei (D), a former aide to Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.). Leaning Democratic Takeover.

New York-26: Rep. Tom Reynolds (R) is still in a very close race, but he should edge out industrialist Jack Davis (D). If Reynolds loses, it may be the first time such a thing has happened to a party congressional campaign committee chairman. Leaning Republican Retention.

New York-29: Rep. Randy Kuhl (R) is actually in much better shape than our earlier information suggested. Besides, his opponent, retired Naval officer Eric Massa (D), is now facing his own scandal allegations. Leaning Republican Retention.

Texas-22: Republicans have tried hard to win this seat through an early and absentee voting campaign that allows them to talk more with each voter. Still, the chances for Houston City Councilwoman Shelley Sekula-Gibbs (R) do not look good as a write-in. Her best chance lies in the unpopularity of Democrats in general and Rep. Nick Lampson (D) in particular. Likely Democratic Takeover.

Wisconsin-8: State Rep. John Gard (R) is favored to defeat allergist Steve Kagen (D). Leaning Republican Retention.

Wyoming-AL: Rep. Barbara Cubin (R) has done everything she can to lose, including threatening to slap a cripple. She will nevertheless edge out businessman Gary Trauner (D). Leaning Republican Retention.

Iowa-1: Attorney Bruce Braley (D) should defeat Restaurateur Mike Whalen (R). Likely Democratic Takeover.

Iowa-3: Rep. Leonard Boswell (D) will overcome a challenge by state Sen. Jeff Lamberti (R). Likely Democratic Retention.

Nevada-2: Secretary of State Dean Heller (R) will hang on to this heavily Republican district and hold off a challenge by State University Regent Jill Derby (D). Leaning Republican Retention.

Nevada-3: After a late scare, Rep. Jon Porter (R) appears to have righted the ship. He should defeat Tessa Hafen (D), press secretary to Sen. Harry Reid (D). Leaning Republican Retention.

California-4: Rep. John Doolittle (R) will survive the Abramoff-centric campaign being waged against him by Air Force Lt. Col. Charles Brown (D). Likely Republican Retention.

California-11: Rep. Richard Pombo (R) shows all the signs of a drowning man. His is the most vulnerable district in California. The NRCC actually chartered a plane to fly volunteers to him on Saturday. This could be a sign that they are taking no chances, but it corresponds with other information that suggests real problems for Pombo. There has been no reliable polling in this race, but the fact that Pombo has not released any polls is a bad sign for him.

Pombo's opponent, engineer Jerry McNerney (D), has the backing of the left and scores of volunteers from the San Francisco Bay area. Left-wing groups softened up Pombo by spending the whole year making robo-calls against him. If they succeed in defeating him tomorrow, this strategy will surely be repeated in the future.

Pombo's saving grace may be the GOP absentee ballot effort here. The results may not be known until midday Wednesday or later. But Republicans are glum about this one. Leaning Democratic Takeover.

Idaho-1: State Rep. Bill Sali (R) should narrowly defeat tech executive Larry Grant (D) in one of the nation's most Republican districts. Sali has shown weakness, though, and if he loses, it is a sign of a worst-case scenario day for Republicans. Leaning Republican Retention.

Washington-8: Rep. Dave Reichert (R) appears to have survived the onslaught by software executive Darcy Burner (D). Leaning Republican Retention.

Senate 2006

Republicans' outlook for the Senate continues to deteriorate, but still, none of their close races are hopelessly lost. Democrats +2, Republicans -2.
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I stand by my prediction...
And I stand by mine:

GOP loses House, keeps Senate.
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I feel like I'm cheating a little entering a prediction the night before the election. But this IS what will happen.

Dems gain 22 seats in the house and take control. Repubs have narrowed the gap, but can't overcome the wave of congressional seats in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Dems only gain 2 seats in the senate. 4 short of control. Of the key races, they win Ohio and Pennsylvania. The 72-hour GOP GOTV proves the difference in the tight races.
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Originally posted by anitram

And I stand by mine:

GOP loses House, keeps Senate.
I hope you are right. I am not making mine happily. Unfortunatley for the Democrats, my sources have been pretty much on the money the last few elections.

If the turnout is high, the democrats win.

If the turnout is low, the republicans win.

Rumors in political circles are the surge has been for the Republicans in the last week closing the gaps in many races.
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Mid-terms already a Republican victory and voter loss

05 November 2006

With only a few days remaining until voters cast their ballots in the mid-term election, a few disappointing circumstances are becoming evident that show the irrelevance of the Democratic party and therefore, the lack of options available to America's voters. The important point is not whether the Democrats win one or both houses of Congress, but is the fact that despite the widespread anti-Republican climate, they are seemingly unable to turn the race into a landslide.

Broad public sentiment polls are almost uniformly clear: voters are frustrated with Republicans, largely due to the war in Iraq, and declare the need for a leadership change in Congress. Political pundits have been arguing for weeks that these findings indicate that the mid-term elections are a referendum on the Republican-controlled congress (and President Bush) and that Democrats will be the beneficiaries. Yet, specific election polls remain close and the likely outcomes of key races remain uncertain.

Why are Democrats unable to overwhelmingly convince voters that they are a viable alternative to 12 years of Republican control in Congress, given the current anti-Republican environment that reaches into many traditional Republican strongholds? The reason is simple:

America's two main political parties have ceased to serve their purpose, which is to articulate a coherent political ideology, formulate a set of policies consistent with that ideology, and offer candidates that will champion that ideology and those policies.

Party loyalty among voters, at this point, is becoming a legacy. Unless the Democratic and Republican parties reinvent themselves, voters will likely continue to leave the political parties for independent (non-affiliated) status, which will cause increased control of the parties by their extreme elements.

Post-9/11 patriotism and hyper-effective "get out the vote" campaigns are strong components of the Republican party's crumbling facade of cohesiveness. However, the sizable fractures that have emerged in the Republican party over immigration reform, entitlement reform, Iraq policy, gay marriage, among others, reveals that several distinct and non-negotiable ideologies exist within the Republican party.

The Democrat's apparent inability to mount a decisive victory in the upcoming mid-term elections is a reflection of their paralysis, which also stems from the existence of several distinct and non-negotiable ideologies within the Democratic party. The sentiment in 2006, that this election is for the Democrats to lose, echoes the sentiment in the 2004 presidential election, which was seen as a referendum on President Bush and Senator Kerry's election to lose. He lost in 2004 for the same reasons that the Democrats will not have an appropriately strong showing in 2006.

Monday's endorsement of Maryland Republican Senatorial candidate Michael Steele by black Maryland Democratic leaders illustrates the breakdown in party lines. The Maryland Democrats realized that a black Republican was more aligned with their ideology than a white Democrat. Race and culture trumped political party.

An issue-by-issue examination of the two primary parties reveals near total disarray. Hence, the Executive has increased its power in the U.S. not because of specific Presidential agendas, but because of the ineffectiveness of the political parties to run Congress, which requires a strong collective identity for the majority party. That identity no longer exists for either party.

Whether or not the Democrats win the election, they have shown that they are barely relevant - even in an environment exceedingly hostile to their only opposition. And since the voters are now assured to have no viable alternatives to a fracturing Republican party, they lose.
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Posted on November 6, 2006

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Most polls showed Democrats holding a strong position on the eve of midterm elections that will determine which party controls the U.S. Congress.

But Republicans could take heart on news that Democrats were less likely to get the net gain of six seats necessary to control the Senate.

Democratic officials concede Senate seats in four states they thought were sure things, The New York Times reported, are no longer so certain: Rhode Island, Montana, Maryland and New Jersey.

However, other reports pointed to a large Democratic advantage going into Tuesday's vote. Democrats need a net gain of 15 seats for a majority in the House.

CNN said its poll released Monday showed a majority of Americans belive the country would be headed in the right direction on the economy, terrorism and most especially the Iraq war if Democrats controlled Congress.

Fox News said its poll showed 49 percent of voters favoring Democratic candidates, 36 percent Republicans and 15 percent undecided.

But Democrats had a slight edge over Republicans in voters who said they were likely to vote -- 89 percent to 81 percent.

The New York Times said most analysts predict a "strong Democratic wave" Tuesday, but both sides planned to be struggling hard to get out the vote.

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Will John Hall go to congress?
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I believe John Hall is in the middle.
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I believe John Hall is in the middle.
you are right

John Hall = Orleans and he did win

he is a U S Congressman

not Darryl Hall

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