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Monday, October 25, 2010

Democrats Closing Strong in Battle for Congress

George Wenschhof

In spite of a nearly ten per cent unemployment rate and record deficits, Republicans have failed to make a strong argument as to why they should be in charge of Congress. As a result, Democrats are closing hard in races across the country.

The control of the House, almost a given, to go to the Republicans, is now a close battle, to be decided on election day. The Senate now looks like it will remain in Democratic control, but there will be loses for the Democrats.

With only eight days to go until election day, let's take a quick look at the House and Senate races.

The House, where 218 seats are needed for a majority, according to is, as close as it gets; with Republicans at 209 seats, Democrats at 206 seats and 20 seats too close to call. has the House already won by Republicans with 222 seats, Democrats - 177 seats with 36 seats too close to call.

The Senate looks like Democrats will hold their current majority, but lose 5-7 seats. has it at Democrats at 50 seats, Republicans with 49 seats and one tie. has it Democrats at 48, Republicans at 44 and 8 too close to call.

Both the House and Senate majorities are likely to be slim, regardless of what political party has the majority of seats. The act of governing will either continue with more ineffective polarization or the art of compromise will be resurrected.

Stay Tuned.... I will update next Monday, the day before the election.


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