News Column

US House Expected to Remain in GOP Hands

Nov. 6, 2012
U.S. Capitol

Democrats headed into Tuesday's election with little hope of wresting control of the U.S. House of Representatives from Republicans, observers said.

Democrats would need a gain of 25 seats to win the House but one widely followed election handicapper doubts they can do it, The Hill reported.

"Democrats never really were poised to pick up a significant number of seats, (and) their momentum was always more of a mirage," said David Wasserman, House editor of the Cook Political Report.

Wasserman predicts an outcome spread between Republicans gaining five House seats and Democrats gaining 10.

"The combination of a tightened national environment, retirements and redistricting make major net gains less likely," one Democrat strategist said.

Party control may not change this year but the 2012 Congressional election features a surge of minority candidates, Politico reported.

There are 49 Latino candidates running for the House of Representatives and 21 Asian-Americans seeking seats.

In addition, Republicans may elect the party's first African-American woman to the House. Mayor Mia Love of Saratoga Springs, Utah, is attempting to unseat six-term Democrat Rep. Jim Matheson.

The election of minority candidates could usher in one of the most diverse classes of U.S. lawmakers ever.

"It's a great step forward for all of us when people making decisions for Americans look like Americans," Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) the chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, told The Hill.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2012