If the midterm elections were held today, Democrats would take back the House of Representatives, former National Democratic Party Chairman Ed Rendell said on Sunday.
Speaking on the “The Cats Roundtable” radio show on AM 970 in New York hosted by John Catsimatidis, Rendell acknowledged that it is still too early to tell what will happen, but that if the vote was now “I think it would be a blue wave. Not a tsunami. But a wave. I think the Democrats would take back the House by 10 or 20 seats. They have an outside shot of taking back the Senate, although that’s going to be tough for them to do.”
The former Pennsylvania Gov. explained that in his own state of Pennsylvania, in which President Donald Trump won by one percent in the last election, more people voted for Congressional Democratic candidates than Republicans, but the GOP won 13 of the 18 seats.
Rendell was confident that after the State Supreme Court “stepped in and ordered redistricting, the new district lines give us a real chance to pick up as many as eight seats that are held by Republicans.”
The former governor also said that Democrats have learned the most important lesson from the 2016 loss, which is not to be overconfident.
He admitted that not all Democratic candidates have learned how to frame the issues better, but there is no complacency and that the party will no longer make the mistake of 2016 by playing not to make mistakes, which usually leads to defeat.
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