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GOP and Dems Say Race is Tightening

It’s going to be a crazy November. According to top strategists from both political parties, Democrats are making substantial gains that may allow them to keep their congressional majorities following the mid-term elections. While both parties could be pushing the Democrats-are-gaining rumor to motivate their respective voting bases, prospects seem less damaging for the Democrats, who are expected to suffer big losses in House, Senate, and gubernatorial races on November 2. “Democrats have momentum,” said a recent three-page memo from Jennifer Crider, a top aide at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “They popped the Champagne on a guaranteed Republican victory six months ago. Now they're trying to shove the cork back in the bottle.” Crider’s stance is backed by a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, which found that Democrats have halved the Republicans’ September advantage on the “generic ballot” question. Meanwhile, top Republicans are warning that their party’s expected victories might not be as widespread as once thought. “With less than a month to go, it's clear that Democrats will, at the very least, lose functional control of the House,” said Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX).