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Monday, November 01, 2010

GOP Set for Big Gains as Voters Voice Anger

From The Wall Street Journal:

Republicans are positioned for large gains Tuesday, likely retaking the House and picking up seats in the Senate, amid strong voter frustration with President Barack Obama and the Democratic-run Congress, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

Republicans held a six-point edge, 49% to 43%, when likely voters were asked which party they hoped would be in charge.

Nearly half of voters who favored GOP control of Congress said their feelings reflected a vote of protest against the Democrats—an unusually high proportion that pollsters said reflected deep frustration among many voters.

Mr. Obama ended a pre-election campaign swing Sunday in Cleveland with a call for Democrats to vote Tuesday. But the poll results suggest he is turning off many swing voters—the same voters who are expected to decide close races.

A majority of likely voters in the survey, 52%, disapproved of Mr. Obama's job performance, while one-third of independents approved.

"The Democrats are about to feel the full force of a tidal wave, tsunami or a 7.0 earthquake," said Democratic pollster Peter Hart, who co-directs the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff.

Mr. McInturff said the poll results were a "grim set of data that projects a larger election for Republicans than 1994."

That year, the GOP swept into power with a net gain of 54 House seats. This year, Republicans need a net gain of 39 seats to win the House.

In the Senate, the GOP is expected to make gains. But the non-partisan Cook Political Report concluded Sunday the party's chances of retaking the chamber were "non-existent."

The newsletter predicted a Republican gain of six to eight seats, which would give the GOP 47 to 49 seats in the 100-member Senate.

In a last-minute twist, Republicans expressed concern Sunday about the possibility that a little-known Democratic Senate candidate in Alaska, Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams, could slip past a fading tea party-backed [and Palin-backed] Republican, Joe Miller. The incumbent, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, is waging a write-in campaign after losing the primary.

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