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Not Longer Solid D: Frank Pallone, Dennis Kucinich, Peter DeFazio


The Cook Political Report makes a few more adjustments to its ratings, one week out:

  • MA-06   John Tierney   Solid D to Likely D
  • NJ-06   Frank Pallone   Solid D to Likely D
  • NC-04   David Price   Solid D to Likely D
  • OH-10   Dennis Kucinich   Solid D to Likely D
  • OR-04   Peter DeFazio   Solid D to Likely D
  • TN-05   Jim Cooper   Solid D to Likely D
  • TX-25   Lloyd Doggett   Solid D to Likely D

The group is projecting

a Democratic net loss of 48 to 60 seats, with higher losses possible. A turnover of just 39 seats would tip majority status into Republican hands. The midterm maelstrom pulling House Democrats under shows no signs of abating, if anything it has intensified. Whereas fewer than a third of Democratic Senate seats are up for election, House Democrats are suffering the full violence of this national undertow. Over a quarter of the entire 255-member House Democratic caucus have trailed GOP opponents in at least one public or private survey, and nearly half have tested under 50 percent of the vote in at least one poll.

In related news, a large green figure is reportedly smashing through the walls of the offices of The Weekly Standard.

Tags: Dennis Kucinich , Frank Pallone


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