Did Democrats Just Kill Their Chance of Regaining Control of Congress?

We all know the recent history of how midterm elections have turned against the sitting president. When Barack Obama illegally moved into the White House in January 2009, Democrats controlled both the House and Senate. After the passage of Obamacare against the will of the majority of most voters, according to many polls, the Democratic tide began to turn.

In 2009, Democrats held a sizeable lead in the House with a 255 to 179 majority over Republicans. The 2010 midterm elections displayed just how much the American people had lost faith in the Democratic Party. When the new Congress was sworn into office in January 2011, Republicans now held a 240 to 191 majority lead over the Democrats.

After the 2008 elections, Democrats held a 56 to 42 majority lead in the Senate. There were 2 Independents that sided with the Democrats. After the 2010 election, that lead had narrowed to 51 Democrats to 47 Republicans and 2 Independents. Democrats thought they had turned the tide during the 2012 election with the re-election of Obama. Democrats had regained 2 Senate seats from Republicans, however, after the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans had won control of the Senate, taking a 54 to 44 lead (and still 2 Independents who sided with Democrats).

Even though Republicans had control of both the House and Senate, their GOP leadership was weak and unable to escape the uncompromising efforts of Obama and his minions. Republicans did not have enough votes to override any Obama veto and he wielded it readily on the vast majority of bills passed by the Republican-controlled Congress.

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After the 2016 election of Donald Trump, Republicans still controlled both branches of Congress, but those leads are tenuous. Factoring in the Independents who usually vote with the Democrats, the GOP lead in the House is 236 to 193 (with several vacancies) and the GOP lead in the Senate is much narrower at only 51 to 49.

With all of the controversies stirred up by Democrats and the anti-Trump mainstream media, Democrats are counting on history repeating itself and they are able to regain control of the House and/or Senate.

There are 33 Senate seats up for election, more than enough to sway the gavel of power. However, 24 of those 33 seats are currently held by Democrats and the 2 Independents. All Democrats and Independents have to do is win ALL of their seats and win 1 of 9 seats held by Republicans, but did Senate Democrats just kill whatever chance they may have had to regain control?


Three Senate Democrats, Sen. Kamala Harris (CA), Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR), and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), just introduced a bill that is described as ‘catch and release’ of all illegal aliens. Opponents of the bill say it amounts to an open border policy, something that Democratic leadership has denied as being part of their party platform.

Most national polls indicate that the majority of voting Americans are against an open border or catch and release immigration policy.

Chances of the bill passing is slim, but however, these three Democrats are determined to make this part of their party platform, which should turn many voters away from Democrats and hopefully killing their chances of winning control of the Senate or House come November.


Dave Jolly
R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.
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