October 18th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Election marathon is now a sprint

Mark Preston
CNN Senior Political Editor

Washington (CNN) - With only 15 days remaining before Election Day 2010 and early voting already happening in several states, the midterm marathon is now a sprint as Democrats work frantically to establish a beachhead to protect their congressional majorities while Republicans hope voter anger over the economy propels them into power.

Democrats and Republicans agree on very little other than this: When the dust settles on the 2010 midterms, it's not "will Republicans pick up seats?" but "how many?"

Will the GOP pick up the 39 seats needed for John Boehner to wrest the speaker's gavel out of Nancy Pelosi's hands?

The midterms might be best described as the 180-degree election. Just two years ago, the GOP was depressed, disorganized and directionless after watching the Democrats gain control of the White House and add to their congressional majorities.

How times have changed since Obama stood victorious in Grant Park on November 4, 2008, just having been elected the 44th president of the United States.

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  1. rick Leyba

    I am very disappointed in the Democratic party, how numerous candidates are staying away from Pelosi and even Obama.
    We have not gotten our message out their on what this administration has done. We are being trampled by FOX and Fox alone. Wether we want to admit or not they are biggest nemesis. At this point, I think our President needs to take them head on. Let's stop running, why don't more people know that most of the loans have been repaid, Health care will work if you give it a try, jobs and company's that were saved, wall street back up, etc. Let's get aggressive.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  2. Stan

    I really wish we could come together as a people who are for people! Meaning a Party that's really for the best of the Entire Country and World, not just as the Republicans believe, for the Rich!! Why can't we do this and all work together for the absloute best!!

    October 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    I'm afraid the GOP will make gains enough to block any progress on the other issues that need dealt with and that they will "recall" health care and squash it like a bug. Politics is nastier than ever and civility seems to be out of fashion. It's time to stop with the scare tactics and talk common sense and feasible solutions to the economic woes which beset us. I just don't know if anyone remembers how anymore.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm |