Republicans Expected To Gain Control of Senate

Voting Ballot - Illustration - ConceptThe United States will head to the polls on Tuesday as 33 Senate seats, 435 House of Representatives seats and a number of governorships sit up for grabs.

Barring some sort of unforeseen surprise, the country is expected to turn right on Tuesday as the Republicans are currently projected by many to gain control of the Senate. The Washington Post contends that the Republicans have a 97% chance of winning majority control of the Senate on Tuesday, while CNN has the probability pegged at 95%. The New York Times is slightly less optimistic about the Republican's chances, as they have the probability of the GOP gaining control of the Senate at 70%.

In addition, the Republican party is expected to strengthen their control on the House of Representatives. They already have 234 seats in the House of Representatives (already good enough for a majority) and are currently projected to add another 9 seats on Tuesday.

The Republican party is currently projected by a number of media outlets to gain 7-8 seats in the Senate on Tuesday, which would be good enough for a majority. 51 seats are needed for a Senate majority which means that the Republicans need to win six seats on Tuesday in order to gain control of both the Senate and House of Representatives.


President Obama is a deeply unpopular President who is currently limping his way to the end of his second term in the White House. A number of issues, including ISIS, ebola and immigration, have conspired to tank President Obama's approval rating. This drop in President Obama's (and the Democrats, in general) popularity will likely pay off for the Republicans on Tuesday in a big way.

The Republicans have been able to make gains thanks to a couple of key issues, including the military and the economy.

Many Americans have been calling for a more aggressive response to the surge in ISIS over recent months and this has played directly into the Republican's hands. President Obama has been seen by many as weak on this issue.

In addition, the country continues to fret over the state of the economy nearly six years after President Obama first moved into the White House. For many, the economy has simply not improved fast enough - again, this has translated into gains for the Republicans as many Americans are now looking for some different ideas and policies.


Again, barring some sort of swerve on Tuesday, the Republicans are projected to have a very big day.

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