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Hope for Democrats? Wasserman Schultz Won't Stop Believing

Hope for Democrats? Wasserman Schultz Won't Stop Believing
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 23 October 2014 03:15 PM

Despite the fact that election analysts are predicting a good day for Republicans on Nov. 4, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she believes her party could incur only single-digit losses at worst, Politico reports.

Wasserman Schultz told CNN that Democrats are expanding the map while Republicans are contracting it. She noted that she feels good about their chances in an off-year election, naming traditionally GOP strongholds like Kansas, South Dakota, Georgia and Kentucky as states where Democrats could pull off wins as well as tight races like Colorado and Alaska. Some states were already purple to begin with, she told CNN, opening the door for Democrats to make a strong showing.

"These are blood-red states, and normally the president’s party in a second-term midterm loses an average of 29 seats," she said. "I would say that there’s a good chance that we either don’t lose seats, or at best single digits in either direction."

As hopes raise for Democrats, Wasserman Schultz has kept her distance from unpopular President Barack Obama, whose track record is seen as a weight for some Democrats, particularly incumbents, in midterm races.

"Barack Obama was on the ballot in 2012 and 2008," Wasserman Schultz told MSNBC's Joe Scarborough when he asked if votes cast for Democrat candidates would be the same as approval for Obama's policies.

She added: "If you vote for Democrats, you are voting for candidates who are focused on creating jobs, getting the economy turned around and continuing to move us forward, creating more opportunities for people to succeed."

Wasserman Schultz pushed back on what some see will be a cause for celebrations for Republicans, who are fighting to take the Senate and to hold onto the House, the Washington Examiner reported.

"There’s not going to be historic gains (for the GOP) in the House," she said.

A Real Clear Politics analysis found 9 Senate seats remained toss-ups while Republicans controlled 46 seats and Democrats 45. In the House, Republicans control 228 seats and Democrats hold 186 with 21 seats seen as toss-ups.

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Despite the fact that election analysts are predicting a good day for Republicans on Nov. 4, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she believes her party could incur only single-digit losses at worst, Politico reports.
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