Neil Dhillon, a Democratic lobbyist and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Government Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation in the Clinton Administration, Chief of Staff for Congressman Bob Matsui (D-CA), and Legislative Director and Press Secretary for Congresswoman Beverly Byron (D-MD), predicts dramatic GOP gains in both the House and Senate.
He predicts the Republican majority in the House will rise to its largest margin in history of that August chamber and the Senate will transfer from Democratic control to Republican come the November mid-term elections.
"Even with 6 months out it's an easy call to make now", says Dhillon. "There's an added clincher that a large population of newly registered Republican voters are Asian and Hispanics and that will further propel the Republicans in November."
"The Senate presently has 53 Democrats, 45 Republicans and two Independents. The Republicans need a net gain of 6 seats out of 36 Senate races with Democrats fighting to retain 21 seats that include 6 races in states that Governor Mitt Romney won big in 2012. President Obama should do everything he can do now to forge some type of relations with the Senate Republicans to help ease the pain of his final two years in office. This will not be an easy task as the President and Congress barely talk as it is."
"The House presently has 233 Republicans, 199 Democrats, and 3 open seats. Historically, the President's opposing party makes big gains in mid-terms election plus the President's approval rating is a low 37%. It appears that the Republicans will gain close to 10 seats and get over a 242 seat majority. If this occurs, this would the largest majority ever by Republicans. Republicans held a 239 seat majority in 1949 and a 242 seat majority in 2010."