Democrats are projected to take over the House of Representatives for the first time since the 1994 “Republican Revolution,” with an estimated 231 seats to 204 for the GOP, reported NBC News.
“We are now tonight on the brink of a great Democratic victory,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, who is in line to become speaker of the House if the Democrats take control.
Exit polling data indicated strong disapproval of the president’s performance and the war. About six in 10 voters at polling places said they disapproved of Bush’ performance, and about the same percentage opposed the war in Iraq.
About three-quarters of voters said scandals mattered to them in deciding how to vote, according to a poll by the Associated Press and the major television networks. Of those voters, most sided with Democrats.
CNN projected Democrats picking up two seats in Indiana and one each in Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The GOP, however, is expected to hold to Kentucky’s 4th District, which had been targeted by Democrats.
Democrat Zack Space is projected to take the open seat in Ohio’s 18th District held by Rep. Bob Ney, who resigned Friday following his guilty plea tied to the investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
As WND has reported, Pelosi is a long-time member of the socialist-leaning “Progressive Caucus,” a bloc of about 60 votes or nearly 30 percent of the minority vote in the House.
Until 1999, the website of the Progressive Caucus was hosted by the Democratic Socialists of America. Following an expose of the link between the two organizations in WND, the Progressive Caucus established its own website under the auspices of Congress. Another officer of the Progressive Caucus, and one of its guiding lights, is avowed socialist Rep. Bernie Sanders, an independent who won a Senate seat in Vermont today.
The Democratic Socialists of America’s chief organizing stated goal is to work within the Democratic Party and remove the stigma attached to “socialism” in the eyes of most Americans.
More to come …