Over the past several decades, the political party that controlled Congress lost part of that control in the midterm elections. It happened to Bush, and it happened to Obama. In the 2010 midterms, Republicans wrestled control of the House away from the Democrats. In the 2014 midterms, Republicans won control of the Senate.
This year, Democrats are hoping to see a repeat of history as they hope to regain control of the House. One source says that control of the House will rest on the outcome of the midterm elections in just 8 key states and as these states go, so goes the House.
(Breitbart) – The majority of the 99 seats in the House of Representatives identified by the Cook Political Report as “competitive” in 2018 are in eight states: California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Michigan.
Of the 435 seats in the lower chamber of Congress, 336 are not competitive–180 held by Democrats, 156 held by Republicans, according to the Cook Political Report’s ratings.
Only 15 of the 99 competitive seats are currently held by Democrats, while 84 are held by Republicans.
The simple math–24 more non competitive seats are held by Democrats than are held by Republicans–and the Republicans have 69 more seats at risk in competitive districts than Democrats–suggests that the Democrats are well positioned to secure the net gain of 23 seats they need to secure a narrow 218 to 217 majority in the November 2018 mid-term elections…
Those 8 states comprise 51 of the competitive House seats. Currently, only 8 of those seats currently belong to Democrats with the other 43 held by Republicans. With such a large number of Republicans not seeking re-election, Democrats are salivating at the chance to win enough of those competitive seats to give them control of the House where they can be a huge thorn in the behind of President Trump.