Readers Respond: Midterm Predictions

Results of reader survey reveal expectations for a Republican surge.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Here’s the current state of things in Washington, D.C. There are 435 seats in the House, and all of them are up for election on Nov. 6. In the senate, 35 out of the 100 seats are being contested in the midterm elections.

The Senate is controlled by Republicans. The House is controlled by Republicans. And the White House is controlled by the Republican Donald Trump.

The president is safely in position until at least 2020, but there’s some possibility that the Nov. 6 midterm elections will change the balance of power to some degree. The latest HBSDealer poll question asked readers to forecast how Congress will look on Nov. 7 — who will gain seats, and who will lose them, and where.

Readers expect gains for Republicans. Here’s the breakdown:

• Gains for Republicans in both houses: 54%;
• Gains for Republicans in Senate, Democrats in House: 22%;
• Gains for Democrats in both houses: 21%;
• Gains for Democrats in Senate, Republicans in House: 2%;
• Gains for third parties in both houses: 1%

The poll remains active and available on the right side of the page (or scroll down your mobile device). Also, HBSDealer invites your midterm-election commentary. Share with us here.


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