Final Push: Candidates Hit Hard Before Nov. Elections

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Poll watchers are anticipating major wins for the Republican Party ahead of next week's fast approaching midterm elections.

Political analysts - even Newsweek magazine - suggest that the GOP is poised to make historic gains and take control of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Non-partisan tracker Real Clear Politics predicts 222 safe Republican seats versus 177 safe Democratic seats, with 36 remaining as toss-ups.

Still, some Republicans remain cautiously optimistic.

"It ain't over until it's over," former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said. "These last 10 days, we can't be thinking we've got it in the bag."
    
"I think you're going to see a wave, an unprecedented wave on Election Day, that's going to surprise a lot of people,"  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.

Steele also predicted the Nov. 2 election would foretell the GOP's success in the 2012 race for the presidency.       

CBN News Senior Editor John Wagge gave more analysis of the final push by candidates before the midterm elections.  Click play for his comments, following Mark Martin's updated report.

Nevertheless, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine insists the Democrats still have a shot at maintaining control of the House.

"From this point forward it's all about turnout and ground game," he told ABC's "This Week with Christiane Amanpour." "What Democrats specialize in is the ground game, the turnout."

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