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WSJ: Midterms May Bring a GOP 'Wave' of Victories

By    |   Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:21 AM

Most pundits have written off predictions that the midterms would be a "wave election" for Republicans, but The Wall Street Journal says there is evidence to suggest it could turn out to be one after all.

The Journal points to its most recent poll that shows that those most interested in the election favor the Republicans, while a greater number of Republicans identify themselves as likely voters compared to Democrats.

"People turn out to vote for two reasons: They care, or they are organized to go to the polls," the Journal said. "The challenge for Democrats was to make their voters care and to recognize the stakes. That has not happened so far."

The Journal highlighted evidence it found about voters' feelings toward the election. According to the research, Republicans, by and large, are charged up and care about the election while Democrats are fearful and indifferent.

"This clearly will have an effect on turnout," the Journal said. "Democrats have failed so far to provide the reason their voters should care."

One Republican strategist predicted this week that the Republicans will have a "tidal wave" because Democratic candidates, in comparison, are strapped with having to defend unpopular policies.

"They have the burden of defending these bad policies; we don't have to. We don't have to rise as much because we don't have any bad policies in place ... What's happening is you've got a GOP tidal wave," Noelle Nikpour told Newsmax TV.

Meanwhile, the Journal reported Monday that Democrats are beginning to shift resources into long-shot races as the prospects of some of their vulnerable incumbents continue to decline.

With just two weeks left until the election, the party is pouring money into Georgia, South Dakota and Iowa, all of which have candidates polling very closely.

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Most pundits have written off predictions that the midterms would be a "wave election" for Republicans, but The Wall Street Journal says there is evidence to suggest it could turn out to be one after all.
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