November 2nd, 2010
08:19 PM ET
8 years ago

Democrats starting to fear big loss in House

(CNN) - Senior Democratic officials close to the White House are privately starting to express deep concern that the early signs suggest President Obama may be on the path to losing in the neighborhood of 60 seats in the House, which would easily hand the majority to Republicans and exceed the 52-seat battering then-President Bill Clinton suffered in 1994.

What has particularly gotten the attention of senior party officials is the fact that CNN has already projected that at least two House Democrats have lost in Virginia, freshman Rep. Tom Perriello and veteran Rep. Rick Boucher.

Perriello's defeat is a particularly big blow to Obama because just last Friday he headlined a rally for the freshman lawmaker in Charlottesville that drew just over 9,000 people. But Perriello supported the stimulus package and health care reform and could not survive a tough challenge from Republican Robert Hurt.

"It looks like the House loss will be 60 seats," one senior Democratic official told CNN. "I'm not feeling good."

A second senior Democratic official said the numbers could turn out to be even worse than 60 seats because "the Virginia results are very troubling" in terms of suggesting a wave might be building.

The senior Democratic officials said that while they knew Boucher was in a tough race, the fact that he appears to be losing by such a large margin is causing heartburn within the party.

Filed under: 2010 • Democrats • House of Representatives
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. brnzartist

    Brnzartist predicts that it will be over 60 seat swing!!! God bless America. Rock on, Tea Party!!!

    November 2, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. Brandon

    I hope these Americans that voted for these Republicans are very proud of themselves tonight, They let the hate and racism take over and now where going to get pushed right back in that ditch we was in. I hope a complete turnout turns out well for the democrats since voting still isn't over - But at this point i doubt it.

    November 2, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. John

    @Brandon: "we was in..."


    November 2, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. brnzartist

    No, Brandon, it's not hate and racism, it's about freedom and opposing a government that wants to take over our culture and lifestyle. The "ditch we was in" was created by the Democrats, who drove us right into starting with the '06 results, which is when the Dims took over. Goodbye and good riddance. I was for FREEDOM THAT CHRIST SET YOU FREE!

    November 2, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  5. Michael

    There was no racism, just a common sense vote to put the country back on the right track.

    November 2, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. Norman

    So the do nothings get the House. Same old do nothings. Thanks Americans for voting though.

    November 2, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. Mark

    Next time, listen to your country instead of shoving unwanted policy down their collective throats. Also, we wanted JOBS, not healthcare.

    November 2, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. Joe


    Of course, you voted for change last election.........change for the worse....

    November 2, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |