With less than two weeks to Election Day, top operatives on both sides of the political aisle are admitting any chance of capturing the Senate is slipping away from Democrats.
In fact, the Associated Press reports that the vaunted ‘blue wave’ may not come to pass at all, not even in the House.
Citing a bevy of lawmakers, pollsters, and aides, the AP report reveals any thoughts of a massive sweep of both Houses of Congress by the ‘resistance’ party are looking to be little more than a pipe dream.
“In the closing stretch of the 2018 campaign, the question is no longer the size of the Democratic wave,” they wrote. “It’s whether there will be a wave at all.”
Republican enthusiasm is surging across GOP strongholds, and leading Democrats now fear the battle for the House majority will be decided by just a handful of seats. https://t.co/IRr55ouNnc
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) October 24, 2018
Polls show Democrats may not sweep the House
While generic national ballots show a slight edge for Democrats across the board, specific key battles are starting to shift to the benefit of Republicans.
A recent NBC/WSJ poll shows a jump in support across the country based on President Trump’s improving favorability numbers as well as high approval ratings for the Republican Party’s handling of the economy.
Democrats have a 53-42 percent edge in the generic ballot for the House. But inside the 66 districts that are tossups, or only leaning, that lead evaporates into a 46-47 D v. R race. https://t.co/B2VelNrN5Z
— Rick Klein (@rickklein) October 15, 2018
Democrat pollster Paul Maslin admits there is no longer a high likelihood of his party taking over the Senate, noting Democrats would have to pick up two new seats and hold on to seven others in states that tend to lean Republican.
“If it had been a different year, with a different map, we might have had a terrific sweep,” Maslin said. “That would be a long shot.”
Is the blue wave crashing? Senate slipping away from Democrats, House tightening as GOP claims new momentum. https://t.co/J8D9if2GiE
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 24, 2018
The Associated Press also notes the President’s improving popularity, but also mentions the Kavanaugh confirmation fight and a renewed interest in border security as having energized the Republican base.
Corry Bliss, Executive Director of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC “dedicated to protecting and strengthening the Republican Majority in the House of Representatives,” believes the House is still up for grabs as well.
He believes that enthusiasm generated when Democrats went all in to falsely accuse Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of being some sort of serial sexual predator.
“The polling momentum that began with the Supreme Court confirmation hearings has continued, and the environment has continued to improve,” Bliss said.
“20 races that will decide the majority remain a coin-flip.”
The term ‘coin-flip’ applied to what was once a ‘blue wave’ has to be sending the Democrats into apoplectic fits.
Why it’s important for Republicans to stop the ‘blue wave’
There will be plenty of conflicting information and polls leading up to the midterms, but one thing is clear – the struggle for control of the House and Senate remains up in the air. Anything can happen over the next couple of weeks.
The GOP needs to continue shifting momentum in their favor. Why? What’s at stake?
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently vowed to push amnesty for Dreamers, stop President Trump’s border wall, and implement new gun control measures. How’s that for starters?
Throw in a vow to repeal the Republican tax cuts and the ever-looming threat of impeachment for both the President and Justice Kavanaugh, and a Democrat victory could spell disaster for our country.
Republicans need to plug the dam and hold back this blue wave. It’s for the good of our nation.