So, what are everyone's predictions for the upcoming midterm elections in the U.S.? Various analysts have predicted the Republicans could take back the House and possibly even the Senate. Republicans could also win back majority control over U.S. governorships. A lot is at stake in this election.
To me, it's becoming more reminiscent of 1994, where I think that Republicans will take back control of both the House and the Senate and the majority of U.S. governorships. I think that John Boehner will become Speaker of the House and Mitch McConnell may become Senate Majority Leader (although I wouldn't be surprised if they choose someone else, especially for Senate), and that's only if the Republicans win that chamber. I think the Senate will be really close, but I predict a 51-49 type situation, with Republicans winning by a hare.
Locally, what are the big races going on in your state? In Illinois, both Obama's old Senate seat and the governorship recently held by Blago are at stake, and I expect both seats to go to Republicans. The governorship will be won more easily, while the Senate race will be a little tighter. There are also 4 very competitive House races (8th, 11th, 14th, 17th) with Democratic incumbents and I expect all of them to go to Republicans.
So what are your bold predictions for the U.S. Congress and for your state? Do you think Republicans will control one chamber while Democrats control another? Do you think Republicans will control both? Do you think Democrats will miraculously turn things around in the next 3 weeks to retain control and minimize their losses? What will this mean? If Republicans take over control of one or both houses, do you think both sides will be more willing to compromise and work with each other, like what happened with Clinton and the Republican Congress in the 1990s? Will this have implications for 2012? Discuss.