November 1st, 2010
01:51 PM ET
4 years ago

What’s at stake in the House and Senate

(CNN) – Analysts predict Republicans will pick up a lot of seats in the midterm election on Tuesday, but the looming question is how many.

Republicans are confident they’ll get the 39 seats needed to take control of the House. In the Senate, ithe GOP would need to win 10 of the 37 of seats up for grabs to get the majority.

But there’s more on the line than just numbers. The new class of lawmakers will have to make tough decisions about legislation that will have an impact on you. No matter how Election Day plays out, Republicans and Democrats will have to work together to get things done.

CNN congressional producers Ted Barrett and Deirdre Walsh have taken a look at what you can expect if the anticipated storyline plays out and Republicans win control of the House while also making big gains in the Senate but coming up short of taking control.

What's at stake in the Senate: More gridlock ahead?

What's at stake in the House: Hostility 'on nitroglycerin'


Filed under: 2010 • Congress • Elections • House of Representatives • Senate
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  1. Tom

    Typical liberal media – trying to scare voters into not voting Republican. Who needs DNC money when "get out the Democratic vote" campaigns masking as journalism like this abound.

    November 1, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. troy

    To bad we did not have gridlock before they voted our rights away

    November 1, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Tony FL

    Let's hope right wing dingbats bite off more than they can chew. If they pickup seats, they'll be held responsible for inaction, and they will be under duress to act. We all know they have NO ideas or any clue. After it becomes painfuly obvious, in a couple of years, Republicans will lose seats again.

    November 1, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Luke

    It's going to be more gridlocked disaster.

    The Democrats will act like a ratchet as the Republicans drag the "middle" of the political sphere further and further toward an absolutely insane place in which voters vote to destroy their rights.

    No major legislation will be passed.

    The deficits will continue to grow and both parties will add to them.

    The wars will get worse and the situations in the Middle East will continue to deteriorate.

    Schools, infrastructure, the tax code and the rampant trampling of the rights of American workers will continue to disintegrate unabated (but we'll all have mandatory health insurance).

    Innumerable investigations into settled matters will take up far too much of the time.

    CNN and the media will continue to do nothing but act as money-making machines, doing little to serve the public and obfuscating important stories in favor of stories that are easy and popular.

    In other words, our empire continues on its downward trajectory. We're just moving around the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    November 1, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Kamgirl

    If the Repubilcans take over, I would hope the Democrats return the favor and filibuster everything in sight. Boner said that Obama would have to work with the congress- yeah just like Boner worked with him. I say, tell the Republicans to go to heck. What goes around comes around.

    November 1, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. intune

    Why will Republicans and Democrats have to work together? Did you tell that to the Democrats the last 4 years, CNN? The Democrats have arrogantly tried to ram anything and everything they wanted down the throats of Republicans and most Americans for the last 4 years and you liberals are suddenly calling for 'compromise' now that America is gionig to throw Democrats out into the streets. Compromise to a Democrat is "do it my way!".

    November 1, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Andrew

    The main problem with politics is that its governed by politicians. Its actually scary to think abt the state of things in this country and the world in general. I dnt understand why politics has to be so complicated, there are only two ways to address an issue, no matter what the subject...theres the right way and the wrong way.

    November 1, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. BP

    Just be sure to vote tomorrow! Exercise your rights!

    November 1, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Rich

    Republicans will lose seats in the House tomorrow.

    27% of US households do not have landline telephones.

    November 1, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Big_D

    These same analysts put McCain in front of Obama on election night. I think they always say the GOP is going to win because A) their sample is stupid B) they are lying.

    November 1, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Jack

    Before you vote, a bit of history: With the recession looming in late 2006 (as well as after 9/11), the GOP response was "go shopping." In just 18 months, Obama has initiated financial reform, health reform, and kept the economy from going over the edge. Whether you like it or not, which most of us didn't because it was a hard pill to swallow, the stimulus, bailouts, and TARP saved us from a far worse fate. (Even Repub's were arguing for some form of all of these, and economists almost unanimously agree that these were necessary.) More history: The GOP also perpetuated an ill-advised, ill-conceived, and arguably an illegal war which cost us close to a trillion dollars, none of which they felt the need to pay for or include in any budget. It not only cost over a hundred thousand lives, and displaced even more, but it contributed to greatly to the recession. If you want more shallow-midned "go shopping" and "let's bomb 'em" philosophy, vote GOP. You'll be sure to get more of the same. They've said and showed nothing different in the past decade.

    November 1, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Big_D

    When they are done with Tom DeLay there won’t be enough Republicans out of jail to run for office.

    November 1, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. T'SAH from Virginia

    [What's at stake in the Senate: More gridlock ahead?].....[What's at stake in the House: Hostility 'on nitroglycerin']

    Yes.........Yes!!!!!!!! We had that the first two years, why would it change????? Remember, the RepubliCAN'Ts said that they will NOT Compromise and their mission is to make President Obama a 1-Term President!! You can't get anything done with this in the back of your HEAD!!

    They are proving everyday that they are Obstructionist filled with CORRUPTION!!! During the Lame Duck season – instead of working on the war in Afghanistan and thinking about getting our ‘children’, brothers, sisters and fathers out of there – they rather send a message that they want to FIRE the Commander in Chief!!!! Instead of working on JOBS and the ECONOMY that they are sooooooo sure they can come up with a resolution, they want to REPEAL Health Care – knowing this is a NULL and VOID attempt!!

    Come on American people – please see through their NO Pledge to Nowhere and VOTE Democrat!!!

    This is T’SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!! Democrats in AK – Vote for Scott McAdams and ROCK AK to GO OUR WAY!!!

    November 1, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oops. I got my houses mixed up. DeMint wants Minority Leadership. Bachmann wants Speaker of the House.

    November 1, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. How Stupid Are People!

    Things are going to get a lot worse for most Americans. Whoever "wins" this election had better start delivering on the "leadership" side ,or there will be some even bigger changes coming within the next two years. A LOT of NEW faces on both sides!

    November 1, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. John

    If AMERICAN PEOPLE were smart they NO for the REPUBLICAN the party of NO. Just think AMERICA your TAX DOLLARS pay each REPUBLICAN 174'000k a YEARS just to said NO. The REPUBLICAN were no help to try to make AMERICA better,all they were worry about was their PARTY. As S.C. GOV.said PARTY first,I all way think the AMERICAN PEOPLE should come first after all ain't that way we voter for them in the first place. Want would happen to us if we didn't do any thing at are JOB, we would be fired. ARE they any better than us. So vote NO NOV.2 for the party of NO.

    November 1, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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