Election 2010: GOP, Dems Predict Victory

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As midterm elections draw closer, polls indicate the balance of power in Washington could be about to change.
    
Politicians were in full campaign mode over the weekend, blasting the opposing parties with less than four months remaining until Election Day.

Republicans are excited that almost 64 Democratic seats in the U.S. House of Representatives appear seriously vulnerable. The GOP needs just 39 to become the controlling party.

"What we're seeing are Independent voters who are fleeing the Democrats coming to Republicans, because they believe that checks and balances are absolutely essential in 2010.  Because they want to restrain this unprecedented spending binge, the unsustainable debt and the government takeovers.  And I think they see Republicans as the best bet to provide those checks and balances," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said.

However, the Democrats have spotted a glimmer of hope in polls showing that although few voters trust their party, Americans trust the Republican Party even less. 

"The American people have a lot less confidence in Republicans in Congress than they do in Democrats in Congress, and that's not surprising," Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., tol NBC's "Meet the Press." "It's pretty fresh in their memory exactly what those Republican policies did to the economy."  

"Our Republican colleagues, who had their hands on the wheel and drove the car off the cliff into the Grand Canyon and the huge crater, don't want to take responsibility. It's time that they did," added Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J.

Still, some Republican lawmakers sense victory in the air.

"I think the public sees this as a long-term debt issue of big government, more spending," Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said. "The president and the House, at least, are two-tenths through a big government agenda. And the bottom line is that people back home see it where government is doing quite well and the free enterprise system and jobs back home are not doing so well. I think change is in the air." 

For the first time, some analysts are beginning to comment that Republicans could even take back the U.S. Senate.

Meanwhile, the seat left vacant by the late Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., has been temporarily filled.

West Virginia's Gov. Joe Manchin has appointed his former chief counsel Carte Goodwin to fill the seat. However, the 36-year-old would only hold the seat until November.
    
The governor said he wants to let voters decide who will serve the final two years of Byrd's term.

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