Are more states leaning Republican?
With all the foretelling of GOP doom due to demographic shifts, average viewers might not consider steady Republican gains to be the remotest of possibilities. Yet, a recent Gallup update shines good news on Red State America.
Here are some great tidbits:
Not as Many U.S. States Lean Democratic in 2013
Parties now about equal in state party leanings, 17 to 14
Red States Hang Together; Blue States Rim the Coasts
Republican states are clustered in the center of the country stretching west to the Rockies, with another bundle located in the Southeast. Democratic states are more dispersed, although largely grouped along the East and West Coasts, as well as around the Great Lakes.
Leading up to the 2014 midterm elections, when 36 Senate seats and 36 governorships will be on the line, Gallup’s 2013 polling saw the Republican Party making slight gains in the party orientation of the states, with three more states now in the GOP’s column than in 2012. That modest shift still leaves Democratic states outnumbering Republican states. But it reflects a gradual shrinking of the Democrats’ dominance since 2008, the year Barack Obama first won the presidency.
The resulting four-state lead for Democrats in 2013 is far less than their 12-state lead in 2010 — a year with a wave election that swept out 63 House Democrats and established the current Republican majority. In that same vein, Democrats appear disadvantaged in protecting this year’s Senate majority, as they will be attempting to protect seats in three solidly Republican states (South Dakota, Montana, and Alaska), as well as in a host of truly competitive states. Thus, the political climate appears relatively auspicious for Republicans.
Dear Liberals, see you in November!
Republican chances look better than they did in 2010, then Nancy Pelosi can forget about “taking back” the House. The Senate too is up for grabs, and if Republicans can shoehorn control away from Harry Reid, then The Obama agenda will surely come to a grinding hault on Capitol Hill.
Better keep that pen and phone handy.