Midterms Boost Republican Outlook on 2012
The results of Tuesday’s midterm elections have given Republicans a renewed sense of hope for the future. The elections saw many seats change hands between Democrats and Republicans. Republicans now have control of the House, with 61 seats, and 6 seats in the Senate. Ohio Republican John Boehner is expected to become the next Speaker of the House.
With the majority of the country’s governorships and legislative chambers, the GOP will enjoy upper hand in securing an electorate as states begin the process of drawing new Congressional districts next year. Republicans will have the power to unilaterally draw 190 Congressional districts; Democrats can only hope for 70 at most.
“Republicans picked a good year to have a dramatic win”, said senior fellow Tim Storey, from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
While this is a setback for the Democrats, especially in light of the Republican opposition to President Obama’s controversial healthcare reforms, it is not necessarily an accurate predictor of the parties’ 2012 prospects. History provides ample example of powerful recovery following sour midterm results.
Nevertheless, the results bolster hopes of a Republican President in 2012. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, prominent Republican Mike Pence, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Many of these potential candidates have busied themselves with goodwill campaigns, endorsements and contributions throughout the year.