#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – October 19 – Party leaders have invested heavily in their field operations to try and break the historical trend of the party in control of the White House losing seats.
‘DEMOCRATS PRAYING IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST THE REPUBLICANS ‘
With polls giving Republicans the edge in voter enthusiasm, and President Obama’s approval ratings in the tank, Democrats are hoping a robust get-out-the vote operation will preserve their fragile Senate majority and stave off double-digit losses in the House.
“The big meta-question out of all of this is can the Democrats use voter mobilization to overcome the inherent difficulties they have in midterm elections?” said University of Florida Professor Michael McDonald, who runs the United States Elections Project.
High turnout might be Democrats’ only hope, with recent polls showing Democrats trailing slightly in the states that will determine the Senate majority: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa and Louisiana.
Republicans need to win a net of six Senate seats to seize control of the upper chamber, and most election models give them the edge.
Republicans are also targeting a number of swing House districts carried narrowly by Obama that have leaned Republican in non-presidential years.
Every time one of their candidates has fallen behind in public polls, Democratic strategists have pointed to the ground game as the difference-maker.