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Republicans Hope for Gains in Midterms Elections

Voice of America

Friday, September 19, 2014

With less than seven weeks to go until the November midterm congressional elections, Republicans have a multitude of options as they close in on their goal of winning control of the U.S. Senate.

Democrats find themselves playing defense in a number of states won by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012 and the face the daunting prospect of trying to rally their core supporters to get out and vote in November at a time when President Barack Obama’s public approval ratings are hitting new lows. This election is the Republican’s best chance to retake the Senate after failing in the previous two elections, and they know it…

John Fortier, a political analyst with the Bipartisan Policy Center, said the question isn’t whether Republicans will do well in November, but how well.

“One, midterm elections tend to go against the president no matter what,” he said. “Two, the president isn’t doing so well in public opinion polls. He is at about 40 to 42 percent of people thinking he’s doing a good job. And third, midterm elections tend to be a little bit more of a Republican election. More Republican voters show up and it is a smaller electorate than a presidential election. So for all those reasons I think the direction will be in the Republican direction.” Fortier said, adding that he thinks Republicans will win the six Senate seats they need for a majority, though “they will get it by a narrow margin.”

KEYWORDS: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, JOHN FORTIER, 2014 MIDTERM ELECTIONS, MITT ROMNEY