U.S. President Barack Obama. (Reuters/Larry Downing)
There are more than 500 contests slated to occur from coast-to-coast this Election Day, but Americans are by and large not watching the individual races, but rather which party will prevail with regards to winning the Senate
The results of Tuesday’s midterm elections will indeed impact the political landscape on a local level, with Senate, House and gubernatorial contests occurring nationwide. Towards the tail end of a tumultuous year for the Obama administration, however, the president’s own Democratic Party is expected to bear the brunt of dismay otherwise directed at the White House and, as a result, likely lose control of Congress’ upper chamber.
On the eve of Election Day, pollsters at Gallupranked United States President Barack Obama’s approval rating at a dismal 41 percent, and concerns over how his office has handled the crises concerning Ebola, immigration and the so-called Islamic State, among other issues, has without a doubt proved to so far be costly to the Democratic Party. As a result, onlookers to Tuesday’s elections say the left may lose control of the US Senate for the first time since 2007, which in turn would leave a Republican majority in that chamber as well as the House of Representatives.
FiveThirtyEight, the recently launched news site created by political analyst Nate Silver, said Tuesday that a review of hundreds of opinions polls and historical and demographic details suggest that the GOP has a 76.2 percent chance of winning enough Senate races to gain a majority in the chamber, whereas the Democrats currently controlling that part of the legislative branch likely only have a 23.8 percent chance of staying in charge.
“In all, there are 13 states where Senate seats might change from one party to the other,” the Washington Post reported this week in breaking down this year’s big races. “Republicans need to win nine of them to attain a 51-seat majority in the Senate for the first time since 2007. On Monday, Republicans seemed to be leading, by a lot or by a little, in eight of those races.”
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