Obama Near Bleak Milestone for Midterms

Poised for worst back-to-back losses since Truman
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2014 2:36 PM CDT
Obama Near Bleak Milestone for Midterms
President Obama pauses as he speaks to the media about the government’s Ebola response on Oct. 22.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Most of the national attention in Tuesday's election is focused on GOP gains in the Senate, but Roll Call points out that Republicans also are poised to hand President Obama a milestone he'd rather avoid in the House. Consider that Democrats lost 63 seats in the 2010 midterms are expected to lose five to 12 (or maybe more) seats on Tuesday. No president has lost as many in back-to-back midterms since Harry Truman lost 83 in 1946 and 1950, writes Stuart Rothenberg.

Dwight Eisenhower managed to lose a total of 66, but Obama seems on track to top him. More typical is the pattern of Bill Clinton, who lost 54 in 1994 but bounced back with a gain of five in 1998. Still, if Tuesday is shaping up to be a night of celebration for the GOP, Politico offers a reality check, at least in the Senate: Several first-term Republicans in vulnerable states will be up for re-election in 2016. So even if Republicans win a small majority this year, they might have to give it right back two years later. (Read more midterm elections stories.)

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