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GOP Majority in House May Not Happen, Says Chamber of Commerce Head

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Hold the champagne. One of the business world's most powerful lobbyists, the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, reportedly thinks Democrats will narrowly hold their majority in the House of Representatives in the Nov. 2 midterm election.

Two sources told CNN that Chamber President Tom Donohue has handicapped every key House race and thinks the Republicans will lose a few -- enough to shrink their net gains and keep Democrats in control for another two years. Donohue's analysis suggests Republican defeats would be part of an anti-establishment trend among the electorate that goes beyond displeasure with the Democratic Party and President Obama.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue
Chamber spokesman JP Fielder said he could not comment on any private conversations, but told CNN that "if there is anything we learned from last week, it's that surprises lay ahead in this election cycle." The chamber, which favors a conservative pro-business agenda on Capitol Hill, has promised to spend more than $75 million during the midterm campaigns -- most of it, but not all, on behalf of Republican candidates. The chamber recently endorsed Joe Manchin, the Democratic governor of West Virginia, in the Mountain State's Senate race.

Republicans need to pick up 40 seats in November to gain a majority in the House. The cable network's story did not address prospects in the Senate, which is also controlled by Democrats.

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rwa5279

People are missing the bigger picture about politics. WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES must be on top of whoever represents us and make sure they do what the majority wants. In that being said that means you must sit down with your congressman if he is actively getting out among the people such as Jim McGovern in my district does. This is what they are supposed to do so they know how their constituents feel about the issues. You must contact your Senators office and voice your opinions especially when they are thinking opposite of your thoughts. People are MAD as HELL in this country but it's not for a Republican agenda vs a Democrat agenda as much as the economic situation for which I blame big business selling out our people for workers in other countries who will work for less. A company that chooses this root in my eyes is treasonous like Benedict Arnold who sold out his country. Traitors in war are executed so its time for us to execute the Corporate traitors. The Middle Class needs to gain ground and in doing so we need to earn money to get ahead. It's the economy stupid the tax issue is not as important as the income one unless your the very wealthy. Small business needs to be encouraged to rise up and replace those who choose to leave the very country the got their start.

September 23 2010 at 7:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jmtlfix

Voting 3rd party is not a smooth move, it's just giving the majority back to the Libs. So don't go crying when the other shoe falls when they do get another term. Tthey will just finish the job in turning this country socialist..and you've only just begun to see you liberty evaporating and be enslaved to a system of unbearable taxation and control over your lives! No wonder they (Lib Dems) are so smug, they figure there are enough stupid people out there to vote a 3rd party. What we need is to stop the one party tyranny that exists!

September 22 2010 at 10:22 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
breezy62253

Yeah, and my intelligent Republican party is backing a candidate who worked for convicted felons with "connections" to the underworld to run for a Congressional seat. So much for the party of honesty and values!!! Some of these Repubs would vote for Satan himself which we'll find out come Nov.

September 22 2010 at 5:00 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
tplapper

I'm voting Third party across the board. Both the Democrats and Republicans have failed to do their job and are two sides of the same coin as far as I am concerned.

September 22 2010 at 2:30 PM Report abuse -18 rate up rate down Reply
N68Firebird

"One of the world's most powerful lobbyists" is going to tell US what's going on? Donohue's predictions are nothing more than wishful thinking...especially wishful thinking that citizens will put up with the lobbying crap that's been going on for far too long, basically disenfranchising citizen votes (or at best diluting them) on issues that affect this country.

September 22 2010 at 2:22 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
Frankie

Here's a little fact that should wake up the Tea Party. They are a MINORITY and think that the majority thinks like they do. Well, the majority thinks the TEA PARTY has nothing to offer and will vote against you. Wait until November for YOUR BIG SURPRISE.

September 22 2010 at 2:07 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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jtzeph

Frank; This movement dwarfs the Perot phenomena which got 20% in a Presidential race. The country is going bankrupt and the Tea Party is for fiscal discipline. I would say that is something a majority beleive, with only liberals{20%} and RINO republicans{20%} dissenting. Plus they all WILL VOTE, unlike depressed Democrats who need therapy and a ride to get out of the house. The group to watch is the elderly. Brought up as Depression babies they were taught that FDR was a God and that the Democrats saved the country. They have been voting Donkey for 60 years, yet they are MUCH more conservative than the Democrat Party. The values of this group are now in direct conflict with the American Left. If they walk, you could see a bloodbath of epic proportions.

September 22 2010 at 5:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kenneth

Won't J.B Fielder be surprised come November. These poll do not even come close to the real numbers. Many people just lie to shake up the polls. The attitude of most Americans you will not know the play until we break from the huddle.

September 22 2010 at 1:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sallyanncohen

THIS PERSON MUST BE NOT WATCHING THE POLL NUMBERS - AND ANYTHING SAID BY CNN SHOULD BE VIEWED AS A LIBERAL-DEMOCRATIC PLOY -- MANY RACES ARE CLOSE -- THE DEMOCRATS WILL PLANT PLENTY OF DECEPTIONS BEFORE WE VOTE THEM OUT IN NOVEMBER. THEY ARE ALL NOW TRYING TO PRETEND THEY ARE CONSERVATIVES -- THEIR HATEFUL CAMPAIGN AGAINST MS. O'DONNELL IS GOING TO COST THEM MANY VOTES. THE DEMS CANNOT RUN ON THEIR RECORDS SO THEY ARE RUNNING ON RACE, HATE AND CLASS WARFARE.

September 22 2010 at 1:46 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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bpdarling

Sally, I disagree with your assumptions. You must be psychic to be able to say what Democrats WILL do. Polls mean NOTHING. They are simply a snapshot of what people feel at that moment. Also, if you poll 1000 tea party republicans on any particular issue, the results will come out VERY different than if you poll 1000 Democrats, or Independents. Your dependence on polls may be misdirecting your "assumtions and predictions" that you say in your post. Regarding Christine O'Donnell, nobody is doing ANYHING against her. These are HER words, and HER actions throughout her life. She's digging her own political grave, as are many other radical fringe tea party candidates. REALITY CHECK......American voters, on election day are far less likely to actually VOTE for one of these radical fringe candidates. These are FACTS, not polls. In any case, please make sure to voe on election day, as your vote has just as much power as mine, or that of the Presdient of the United States. Have a nice day. And for the record I agree with the article that the Democrats will likely retain majority in all branches of Congress. Thank you.

September 22 2010 at 1:56 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

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