This is Encouraging

According to a new Quinnipiac poll, if the 2014 election were held today, Democrats would retake the House of Representatives with a 5 seat majority.

via ThinkProgress

[If] the election were held today 43 percent of the electorate would support a Democratic U.S. House candidate, as opposed to just 35 percent who would back a Republican. That 8 point lead for Democrats is significantly more than the GOP’s margin of victory during the 2010 Republican wave election (6.6 percent) and even more that the Democratic margin of victory during the 2006 wave (7.9 percent) — when Democrats were bolstered by both an unpopular Republican president and a failing war in Iraq. And yet, if Democrats succeed in maintaining this substantial lead through next year’s congressional election, they will likely emerge with a tiny majority of just 5 seats.

It may seem contradictory to make a projection of a “landslide” victory that would result in only a 5 seat majority, but the devil is of course in the details.

This unprecedented victory is would what be required to break the stranglehold Republicans have on their majority as a result of gerrymandering. And what would have afforded you a healthy majority in the past will now deliver only a slight margin of victory.

We shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves because the 2014 election is still over a year away, but we can still be encouraged. Be encouraged and turn up the heat on congressional Republicans.

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  • js hooper

    All this means is that the firebaggers and faux progressive paultards in the professional left will have to crank up the anti-Democrat rhetoric to try and suppress enough of the liberal vote so republicans can remain in control.Their efforts along with GOP voter suppression should do the trick like in 2010.

  • D_C_Wilson

    A lot is going to depend on who the individual candidates will be. The rampant gerrymandering means that democrats are going to face an uphill battle in many, if not most red districts. The democrats will need to field a strong slate across the board.

    In the meantime, the best thing we can do is put public pressure on the House republicans to compromise with the Kenyan Usurper ™. That will make them more vulnerable to primary challenges from candidates who are even more batshit crazy than Louis “Terror Babies” Gohmert.

  • bphoon

    Does this poll control for gerrymandered districts or just overall voter preference. Remember that, in aggregate, Democrats garnered more votes in 2012 than Republicans yet Republicans retained their majority.