After dreaming in late September that they could regain control of the House, Democrats now are just hoping they don’t sustain losses.
For the last two years, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has loudly stated that Democrats had a great chance to take back the House, which would allow the Californian to be House speaker again.
“But her drive to regain the majority for Democrats is on the verge of a complete collapse,” Politico
reports. “Democrats are expected to pick up five seats at best — a fraction of the 25 they need.” Some party bigwigs are even worried it will suffer a net loss of one or two seats.
The inability to make more progress when a Democratic president may well be re-elected and the Senate is likely to stay in Democratic hands will send the party searching for answers. Already Democrats are seeking to come up with the reasons for their failure.
Those include Republican control of redistricting in state legislatures, the Democrats’ inability to make hay with claims that Republicans would destroy Medicare, and a president less popular than in 2008. Republicans also outspent their rivals.
One regret Democrats have is that they gave up on much of the country, including the south. They have been able to compete in only a few districts in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, traditionally strong areas for Democrats.
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