U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) is predicting a wave of support for Republicans in this yearâ€™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.
â€śIn a sixth year of a presidency, you probably donâ€™t want to weld yourself to the president too much,â€ť Kirk said, â€śbecause 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.â€ť
That appeared to be the case in the last midterm election during a presidentâ€™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 presidentâ€™s second term.