Democrats Prepare for Midterm Shakeup

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WASHINGTON -- With the country facing a tough economy, high unemployment, and the expansion of government, it appears American voters are gearing up to make major changes in Washington this November.

On Sunday, even President Obama's top spokesman publicly admitted the Democratic Party could lose control of the House this fall.

"I think there's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control. There's no doubt about that," ," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told NBC's "Meet The Press."

A Grim Reality

Democrats won their majority in Congress in 2006 and picked up even more seats in 2008, when President Obama won the election.

But now they face a very different set of circumstances. Struggling Democrats can't ride Obama's coattails this time around, because his name won't be on the ballot. That might be a good thing, considering his public approval ratings have been falling for months.

While polls show voters support cracking down on Wall Street, Democratic lawmakers have been forced to walk a fine line since some see their agenda as hostile toward business.

And according to a new poll by Democracy Corps - a firm run by Democrats James Carville and Stan Greenberg - more than half of likely voters see President Obama as a "socialist."

In light of such developments, it's clear the White House is bracing for whatever comes this November.

Obama returned to campaigner-in-chief last week during trips to Missouri and Nevada.

Also, senior White House officials have been busy making the case that the elections won't be a referendum on the president, but about choices.

"People have to decide, do they want to go forward or do they want to go back?" White House advisor David Axelrod told ABC's "This Week."

GOP Sees Political Opportunity

Meanwhile, Republicans have been attempting to cash in on the sour mood, saying they offer a better choice.

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., vice-chair of the national Republican Congressional Committee, said GOP candidates are running competitive campaigns in 70 races across the country - putting them within target to regain control of the house.

"I think we will actually win more than 40 seats," Rogers said. "We need 39 to win. I think we're going to be north of 40 when it comes down to it."

An increasing number of conservative and Independent voters say they're looking forward to heading to the polls this November giving Republicans their goal of retaking the House this year - and changing the direction of Washington.

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