Editor’s Note – With most polls delivering promising news, it seems the only thing that can stand in the way of a significant victory on November 2nd is over-confidence giving some conservatives a reason to stay home.
Make no mistake about it, Obama and the Democrats are working extremely hard to motivate the base and get these misguided folks out to the polls. At the end of the day, it’s all about voter turnout. If the left wins that battle, they’ll retain a fair number of seats.
Get out and vote! And get your friends and family to the polls, there’s simply too much at stake to sit this one out!
GOP In Lead In Final Lap
By Jonathan Weisman
The Wall Street Journal
A vigorous post-Labor Day Democratic offensive has failed to diminish the resurgent Republicans’ lead among likely voters, leaving the GOP poised for major gains in congressional elections two weeks away, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Among likely voters, Republicans hold a 50% to 43% edge, up from a three-percentage-point lead a month ago.
In the broader category of registered voters, 46% favor a Democratic-controlled Congress, compared with 44% who want Republican control. But in the 92 House districts considered most competitive, the GOP’s lead among registered voters is 14 points, underscoring the Democrats’ challenge in maintaining their hold on the House. The poll of 1,000 registered voters was taken Oct. 14-18.
“It’s hard to say Democrats are facing anything less than a category four hurricane,” said Peter Hart, the Democratic pollster who conducts the Journal poll with Republican pollster Bill McInturff. “And it’s unlikely the Democratic House will be left standing.”
Mr. McInturff said the Republican lead among likely voters, if it stood, probably would yield a pickup of 52 or 53 House seats, surpassing the net gain of 39 seats the GOP needs to claim control of the chamber.
The heightened energy among Republican-leaning voters has been a feature of public opinion for months, with many voters anxious about the economy and unhappy with the Democratic-led Congress.
“A good chunk of [the Democrats’] base is disillusioned by what they’ve done, and Republicans believe the policies have taken us in the wrong direction,” said Scott Jennings, a former Bush White House political aide now monitoring campaigns in Kentucky. “They’ve spawned a great conservative awakening.”
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