October 16, 2010

THEY WERE SO BUSY ON THE "FIREWALL" THEY DIDN'T REALIZE THE HOUSE WAS BURNING DOWN BEHIND THEM:

Democrats Retrench as GOP Pulls Away (LAURA MECKLER And JANET HOOK, 10/16/10, WSJ)

The emerging battlefield, two weeks before Election Day, is almost entirely in districts now held by Democrats. It includes about 40 districts where both the Republican and Democratic House campaign arms are running television ads or have reserved TV time.

Beyond those, Republicans are on the air in a dozen additional districts, while Democrats are running ads in two. Republicans need a net gain of 39 seats to win a majority in the House.

"The field is essentially expanding by the day," said Ken Spain, spokesman for the GOP's House campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee.

A survey of voters in competitive House districts released Friday reinforced the point that Democrats face a tough road. The poll, for National Public Radio, found that in 58 Democratic-held battleground districts, 47% of likely voters preferred the Republican for Congress in their district, while 44% preferred the Democrat, a three percentage-point gap. The Republican lead was larger among voters with high levels of interest in the election.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at October 16, 2010 8:26 AM
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