Washington (CNN) - With six days to go until the midterm elections, one of the top non-partisan political handicappers is upping the prediction of how many seats the Republicans will win back in the House of Representatives.
The Cook Political Report Wednesday forecast a net gain of 48 to 60 seats for the Republicans, with higher gains possible. The GOP needs a net gain of 39 seats to win back control of the chamber from the Democrats, who have held the House and the Senate for the last four years.
"The midterm maelstrom pulling House Democrats under shows no signs of abating, if anything it has intensified. Whereas fewer than a third of Democratic Senate seats are up for election, House Democrats are suffering the full violence of this national undertow," says the Cook Political Report.
Another top non-partisan political handicapper, the Rothenberg Political Report, forecasts Republican gains of 45 to 55 seats, with an excess of 60 seats quite possible.
The largest midterm House loss for the president's party over the past half century came in 1994, when the GOP won back 52 seats to retake the House, and the Senate as well.
Twelve years later the Democrats won back control of the chamber with a net gain of 30 seats, as well as taking back the Senate.
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