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Topic - Stuart Rothenberg
Although Barack Obama won a second term and Democrats gained some seats in Congress, the Republicans remain a considerable force to be reckoned with in the 2013-14 election cycle and beyond.
The last time California redrew its congressional districts, Republicans and Democrats cut a deal to preserve all the incumbents, essentially erasing the country's biggest electoral fishing ground from the map in 2002.
In the early fall of 2009, just before I announced my candidacy for the U.S. Senate, I was introduced to a number of Washington-based political analysts and journalists. Among the group was Stuart Rothenberg, writer of the Rothenberg Political Report, a classic "inside the Beltway" publication targeted at those whose lives and livelihoods revolve around national politics. His acerbic comments regarding my candidacy in the months that followed reveal the enormous chasm that separates the real world from Washington.
The national political landscape for Republicans has improved so dramatically in recent months that election analysts say the only remaining question is how deep the Democrats' losses will be in the 2010 congressional midterm races.
It may be too early to make any predictions about the 2008 elections, but it's likely Republicans will win back some House seats they lost last year.
Republican campaign strategists and independent election analysts say that after five months of contentious House Democratic rule, the Republican Party's once-bleak congressional prospects for 2008 have markedly improved.
Since his last race-by-race rating, he has shifted 22 Democratic-held seats into competitive categories from "tossups" to "leaning Republican" — all of them "benefiting Republicans," he said.
As of now, "Republicans could gain anywhere from only a handful of seats to a couple of dozen or more, depending on how things develop over the next year," he said, adding that "the National Republican Congressional Committee's 2006 and 2008 nightmare is over."