Karl Rove: 2014 Could Be Republicans' Year in Congress

Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 03:42 AM

By Greg Richter

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GOP operative Karl Rove says he agrees with professor Larry Sabato's predictions for likely Republican gains in both houses of Congress in November's midterm elections.
 
Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, lays out his theory for why Democrats should be worried in recent Politico column.
 
President Barack Obama's bad approval numbers, the weak economy and the election playing field are the three main factors, Sabato says.
 
"I think job approval is the biggest factor," Rove said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity."
 
The economy, Rove said, will play a factor mainly if it is bad. Most people don't think they are doing well, he said, and blame that feeling on the perception – or reality – that the Affordable Care Act is hurting their pocketbooks.
 
The playing field, he said, gives Republicans "a big advantage." Redistricting in 2011 favored the GOP.
 
"There's conceivably 40 Democrat seats in play, and maybe somewhere less than 15 Republican seats in play," in the House, Rove said. In the Senate, "Democrats are in deep trouble," he said.

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