From Gallup “If these numbers are sustained through Election Day — a big if — Republicans could be expected to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives.”
For most of the past year Democrats have held double-digit leads in the generic “if the elections for Congress were being held today, which party’s candidate would you vote for in your congressional district?” The latest USA Today/Gallup poll however, is showing a surge for the Republican brand “with the Democrats now leading the Republicans by just 3 percentage points, 48% to 45%,” in their choices. *Importantly, republicans have closed the gap with the so-called independents with 44% for the Democrats and 40% for the Republicans. *
I think that there are three major reasons for this: 1)most importantly Governor Palin! She has not only energized the base and given us much more reason to get out and vote and be excited about the prospects of this election but has shown many independents a person that is easy to admire and respect and whom they can rally around as well; 2) the increased success in the war in Iraq and the contrast between the two parties regarding the surge; and 3) the drumbeat from the House Republicans during the break on drilling for oil.
Let us keep up the good fight not only for the White House but also for the Congress as well. There is also good poll information about voter enthusiasm and the boon that it could be to our election result.
(link to the poll is at: http://www.gallup.com/poll/110263/Battle-Congress-Suddenly-Looks-Competitive.aspx )