Democratic memo predicts additional 2008 gains

Democrats are well positioned to expand their majority in Congress next year, according to a survey of battleground districts released Tuesday.
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“The electoral situation could not be better, particularly in the battleground districts where 2008 looks like a repeat of 2006,” read a memo from Democracy Corps, a think tank founded by James Carville and pollster Stan Greenberg.

Despite favorable conditions for Democrats, the group warns that the Iraq war, which is a negative for Republicans, also obscures progress Congress is making in other areas.

“Surprisingly, half [of those surveyed] know a rise in the minimum wage has become law; there is awareness that Democrats have engaged with the President on Iraq and stem cells. Everything else is invisible,” the memo said.

The survey, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, polled 1,600 people in 70 districts. It found that Democrats are ahead by an average of 9 points in these battleground districts.

If Democrats wants to capitalize on the current political climate, however, they must continue to fight the administration on Iraq but also not lose sight of domestic issues, according to the memo.