News

Kirk: GOP Will Gain Seats This Year

Kirk: GOP Will Gain Seats This Year

Photo: clipart.com

U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) is predicting a wave of support for Republicans in this year’s election.

Kirk is confident his party can pick up seats in both houses of Congress, including races in Illinois. He believes Democrats may be hurt by being associated with President Obama.

“In a sixth year of a presidency, you probably don’t want to weld yourself to the president too much,” Kirk said, “because the natural feeling of people when they go to the polling booth (is) to register their displeasure with the administration or the direction of the country.”

That appeared to be the case in the last midterm election during a president’s second term, when Democrats gained control of the House, Senate, and a majority of the governorships and state legislatures in 2006.

The non-presidential party has failed only once since 1822 to gain congressional seats in a midterm election during a president’s second term.

Recent Headlines

in Election 2014, Local

Oberweis Comes Out for Same-Sex Marriage

durbin oberweis

GOP challenger to Durbin insists this is not a change

in Local

Springfield Based Reporter Resigns Following Rauner Complaint

Chicago Sun Times

Dave McKinney was the Chicago Sun-Times' Springfield bureau chief.

in Local

Natural Gas Prices to Hold Steady This Winter

Ameren+Illinois+Utilities+logo

No wide price swings expected this winter

in Local

Elkhart Mine Expansion Vote Delayed

coal mine

Vote to extend waste site expected in November