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House GOP campaign chief predicts gains in ‘mid-40s and above’….

The Dog thinks that number is high…..

I think the Democrats come in 1 o2 seats under the wire and keep the House….



The head of House Republicans’ campaign efforts said the GOP would pick up a number of seats totaling at least in the “mid-40s.”

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), set expectations for his candidates’ performance with just under three weeks left until Election Day.

“We’re just a few weeks from what I believe will be a tsunami,” Sessions told the conservative magazine Newsmax. “For the House of Representatives, I believe we will go mid-40s and above.”

A performance like that on Nov. 2 would have the effect of handing Republicans control of the House, and likely making House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) the new Speaker of the House.

Republicans need a net gain of 39 seats to take back the majority. A number of GOP leaders have been unabashedly optimistic about their chances of making those kinds of gains, though Boehner himself has sought more actively to manage expectations. He said in late August that a GOP majority is an “uphill climb.”


Democrats from President Obama to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have also expressed optimism that they’d keep control of the House, though polling shows them well within risk of losing their majority.

“The polling data right now, the field information looks very good,” Sessions said. “Our candidates are right in touch with the voters.”

Sessions’s counterpart, National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John Cornyn (Texas), has been more measured in setting expectations for the upper chamber, where the GOP needs to pick up 10 seats to win back a majority.

“I really think it’s probably going to be a two-election cycle transition in the Senate,” he said. “Although if we have a really good day, anything’s possible.”



October 13, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates

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