The congressional elections: More than Obama

Democrats could dominate Congress after the elections

THE Democrats seem to have everything to cheer in this presidential race. Their candidate, Barack Obama, leads in the opinion polls, raises and spends record amounts of money and has picked up the endorsement of Colin Powell, a Republican former secretary of state. Even Mr Obama’s rival, John McCain, let slip, during an interview with Fox News on Sunday October 19th, that he expects not to be president, saying: “I've had a wonderful life. I have to go back and live in Arizona, and be in the United States Senate”.

Although most attention is paid to the presidential race, another hefty political battle is rolling on: the congressional race. The Democrats captured Congress in the 2006 elections, as voters turned against George Bush and the Republican Party. Two years have done little to soften their views. The Democrats are poised to turn small majorities in both chambers into dominant ones, perhaps realigning American politics for many years. ...


[Source: The Economist: News analysis

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