Stirewalt: Pelosi Is Still the Dem Leader and that Has To Be Worth 5 to 10 Seats for the GOP
STIREWALT: "That number is reflective of how do Americans want Congress run? Do they want Democrats in charge or Republicans in charge? That number had been out in our halftime report average in double digits. It had been huge, Democrats were looking at basically a Ron Popeil wave, set it and forget it. It was going to happen, they would win. They convinced themselves that they could not lose. Republicans passed a tax cut and that number tightens. I think in our average now it is probably down to about 5 points. That means that Republicans have a shot to hold the House. That means that if they dig in hard and don’t commit a bunch of unforced errors, they can get this done. Plus, Nancy Pelosi is still the Democratic leader. That has to be worth 5 to 10 seats for Republicans alone."