Midterm Predictions: Will the GOP Take Back Congress?

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WASHINGTON - Democrats are doing everything in their power to prevent a Republican sweep in Tuesday's midterm elections. However, the polling numbers aren't in their favor.

Gallup's final election survey shows as many as 55 percent of likely voters prefer the Republican candidate over the Democratic candidate on the national generic ballot, giving the GOP a 15-point advantage heading into Election Day.

Critics of the Obama administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress say voters will send a message loud and clear.

"They're going say, 'You blew it, President Obama. We gave you the two years to fulfill your promise of making sure that our economy starts roaring back to life again. And instead I believe things are getting worse,'" former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said.

Should the polls hold true, Republicans will add more governors' along with several seats in the U.S Senate. They need 39 seats to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives and oust Nancy Pelosi as house speaker.

CBN News Senior Editor John Waage has been following the midterm election season since campaigning began.  Click play for his predictions, following Paul Strand's report.

While political pundits predict the GOP could win as many as 60 or more seats, Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele is playing down those expectations.

"If we get 39 seats and take the majority, that's success," he said. "If we get 37 seats, that's success."
    
Meanwhile, several top Democrats are still hoping for the best - at least publicly.

"Yes. I believe Democrats are going to hold onto the House, for the reasons I said," Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said. "And the early vote indicates that as well."

In the last-minute push to maintain control of Congress, Democrats have resorted to negative campaigning. Their television commercials all have a similar theme - attacking their opponents over personal issues.

Republicans, on the other hand, have attacked Democrats for what they call "bad policy."

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Paul  Strand

Paul Strand

CBN News Washington Sr. Correspondent

As senior correspondent in CBN's Washington, D.C., bureau, Paul Strand has covered a variety of political and social issues, with an emphasis on defense, justice, and Congress.  Follow Paul on Twitter @PaulStrandCBN and "like" him at Facebook.com/PaulStrandCBN.