November 2nd, 2010
12:08 PM ET

Five things to watch on Election Day

Program Note: The midterm battle comes to the forefront tonight. It's Election Day in America, and you won't miss a result by following Anderson Cooper and the Best Political Team on television tonight on CNN, starting at 7 PM ET.

John Helton

Against the backdrop of a bitterly divided Congress and an angry and frustrated electorate, the most expensive midterm election in history finally comes to a climax Tuesday as America votes on 37 Senate seats and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives.

Here are five things to watch as the day plays out:

218 is the number: Republicans need a net gain of 39 seats to reach the 218-seat majority needed to control the House. While most experts believe they'll win control of the chamber, it remains to be seen how big a margin they might have when the new Congress is sworn in next year.

What happens if GOP wins control of the House?

Republicans are also expected to make gains in the Senate but come up short of the 10 seats they need to win control there.

What's at stake in the Senate

If Republicans gain control of the House, look for them to take steps to try to roll back portions of health care reform; extend the Bush-era tax cuts, if the current Congress doesn't when it returns after the election; write legislation for targeted tax credits for small businesses, which they believe will spur job growth; and trim the federal budget by as much as $150 billion.

CNN pundits predict the 2010 vote

Turning out the vote: Polls show Republicans more energized than Democrats, which suggests a higher turnout of GOP voters. While Americans aren't happy with either party, they tend to vote against the one in power.

Obama has drawn large crowds lately in a series of rallies at college campuses to try to energize young voters, a key segment that helped elect him two years ago. The question is whether they'll come out to vote on Tuesday.


Filed under: 2010 Elections • Raw Politics
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. J.V.Hodgson

    Well Senate quite possibly ends up 53/47meaning Dems have a complete filibuster irrespective of independents. So forget undoing health care whatever happens there Obama will veto any bill that takes away cover for all, or attempts to put the mandate back to states.
    Bush era tax cuts same they will have to compromise unless they dont want obama to veto with the result that all tax breaks expire.
    They have to remember these were unfunded and deficit generating for a full 8 years at $500bn per year plus.
    As has been noted many times unless you cut welfare programes medicare and medicaid and defense spending you are fiddling while Rome Burns on spending cuts.
    I think Democrats are going to give them a couple of real good examples of what no means in the Senate, unless they come way down off he High horse pledge, because it is deficit growing as they will wan to increase defense spending and the war committments.
    This results message is clear start working together for the people and put ideology in the back pocket. What is best for the people.
    My only comment is that if the people expect a miracle and fast reduction in unemployment, then they are living in dreamland. this recession will take more time to recover and even then the traditional levels of unemployment will be higher forever.
    This is why illegal immigration reform should be much higher on the agenda of both parties. Amnesty to me is out of the question... you do not reward Law breakers in any way whatsover, and forget Lobbyists Pacs and sob story human rights activists the ILLEGAL immigrants gave up those rights when they broke the law.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:49 am |
  2. Al Norwood

    Hi Anderson, man check this out. What I'm watching for is a reflection of the ingnorence in America perfectly displayed on our tv. Perhaps we should call it American and not United States of America or not even America. 8 years of Bush has soon been forgotten and other previous administrationsas well. This mess did not happen with Bush or Obama yet its decades of the reflections of a country still divided in its on individual preferences. So many are only for a few and yet the struggles of America continues, certainly that has not worked and oppening a government check book has made so many say to much government. The wealthy and rich need tax credits while middle class pays to many taxes and slowly slide into proverty while the poor become desperate. Tax credit or walfare whats the difference? Our failure is tied to our division yet the accomplishments are usally laced in blood. War has cost this country how much? cleary we are a spoon fed society and believe what the news tells us is the truth. Obama is blamed for doing something yet deeply cut by the people he helped i e BANKS and auto makers. Bush policies were not great now some say Obama policies aren,t great we will not be satisfied. Inmates get health care but the Americans who keeps the law can't. I believe if the housing market would have be overhalled and the banks made to take responsibility for accepting these loans and missleading the American people we would be better off. The Face of the American does not reflect all its residents but it is cleary devided by money. Anderson good job keep workig bro thats all for now keep watching and tell Obama to bring our military home!

    November 3, 2010 at 1:15 am |
  3. priscilla

    What a cacophony this wild election has created! Comedic and frightening at once.
    The far left Tea Potty (sp) is just that. Will they make the perfect crumpet? or wreck the steeping through poor timing? And who will be the first to take the tiny pill and fall through the whole thing!!!?
    Please everyone, vote with intelligence.. Elected Politians with experience and history, not nouveau naysayers who choose histrionics as a platform.

    November 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm |