GOP Braces for Big Losses

Republicans in final scramble to save embattled incumbents in key races
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Nov 3, 2008 4:50 AM CST
Top Republicans privately concede that Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., will likely lose her seat in tomorrow's election.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – The embattled GOP is preparing for heavy losses in both houses of Congress even as it wages last-minute battles for key seats across the nation, reports the New York Times. The Democrats, meanwhile, are making significant inroads into the traditionally Republican territory of suburban America, using their extra cash to run ads that emphasize Republican culpability in the financial crisis.

So far, Senate Dems have spent $67 million on the election, almost double the GOP’s $33.7 million expenditure. In the House, Republicans have spent $20 million to the Democrats’ $73 million. Republican leaders are privately conceding their weakened position, but publicly express optimism about victory in states like Louisiana, North Carolina, and Oregon—where the party is pushing the message that Democratic dominance in Washington will take “generations” to correct.