By The Hill Editors - 10/20/10 03:00 AM EDT
This November’s midterm election will be the third wave election in a row.
Unlike in 2006 and 2008, this year’s wave will be red, not blue. And polling by The Hill this fall suggests Republicans are likely to win control of the House.
With undecided voters more likely to vote for the GOP, the news is not good for the Democratic Party.
In many ways, 2006 and 2010 are similar, just in reverse.
Four years ago, a slew of Republicans who were previously considered safe suddenly became endangered, including Reps. Pete King (N.Y.), Jim Ryun (Kan.), Sue Kelly (N.Y.) and Jim Leach (Iowa).
King survived, but Ryun, Kelly and Leach lost.
This year, Democrats who were cruising to reelection in the spring are now sweating their races out.
Reps. Barney Frank (Mass.), Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), Carolyn McCarthy (N.Y.) and Niki Tsongas (Mass.) are all in competitive races, which was unthinkable a few months ago.
Meanwhile, Rep. Phil Hare (D-Ill.), who was considered relatively safe this summer, is now seven points behind his Republican challenger, according to The Hill’s new polling. President Obama won Hare’s district by 15 percentage points two years ago, but now 52 percent of those polled disapprove of the president’s job performance.
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), who stunned Rep. Jeb Bradley (R-N.H.) in 2006, is behind by five points to Republican Frank Guinta. Shea-Porter, who is the first congresswoman in New Hampshire, has defied the odds before, though she is now a clear underdog in her bid for a third term.
One of the two Democrats who is winning in The Hill’s new poll is Rep. Michael Arcuri (N.Y.), who voted against healthcare reform. Arcuri is leading by an eye-popping 10 points over Richard Hanna, who lost to Arcuri two years ago.
The other Democrat is Rep. Travis Childers (Miss.), who is behind in his race by five points in a district Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won by 24 points in the 2008 presidential election race.
There’s less than two weeks to go before Election Day. Democrats look like they need some type of game-changer over the next 13 days to save their majority.