Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Democrats Poised to Take Majority in BOTH Chambers

From CQ Politics.com:

All year, CQPolitics.com’s ratings of House and Senate races have been a virtual one-way street: Almost all rating changes show improved chances for the Democrats to capture seats — a reflection of the year’s toxic political environment for the Republicans who control both chambers of Congress and the White House.

And the traffic on that one-way street is getting heavier by the day. Last week, CQPolitics.com changed it ratings on one Senate race and 10 House races. In every case, the ratings indicate strengthening Democratic prospects.

Since a special report on the midterm elections that was published in the April 24 issue of CQ Weekly, CQPolitics.com has changed its ratings on 12 Senate races, with nine clearly moving in the Democrats’ direction. The ratings have been changed during that period on 36 House races, and they have moved in the Democrats’ direction in 35 of them. (View the CQ Election Forecast from this week's CQ Weekly.)

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As a result of these ratings changes, CQPolitics.com’s Balance of Power Scorecard now shows the Republicans short of a majority of seats in both chambers. And the ratings include numerous contests — 22 in the House — that are in CQ’s “Leans Republican” category. As defined by CQ, this category is made up of races in which the Democratic nominees are highly competitive and in which a Democratic victory is highly plausible. In all of these cases, the Republican candidate has maintained some edge, but under current circumstances, such advantages may be fleeting in some cases.

In fact, several additional ratings changes are imminent, and — barring an event that turns the tables in favor of the Republicans — more can be expected through the remainder of this week and the rest of the campaign.

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