December 29, 2008

THE BUILT-IN GOP COMEBACK:

House Dems look ahead to tough cycle (ALEX ISENSTADT, 12/29/08, Politico)

"We have a daunting challenge ahead in the 2010 midterm elections," Democratic House campaign chief Chris Van Hollen says in a year-end Web video thanking supporters. "Many of our new members are from conservative areas with long histories of Republican representation. We are looking at potentially 70 – 70 – threatened Democrats who will need our support."

While House race watchers are predicting a difficult cycle for Democrats, Van Hollen's 70 figure may be on the high end.

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan handicapping guide, places 48 Democrats in prospectively competitive races. And Democrats are expected to have targets of their own in 2010, with Cook placing 34 Republicans on its watch list.


Doing well in '10 is easy for Republicans, doing great is up to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama and their pushing social issues.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 29, 2008 8:21 AM
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