The 2010 midterm elections will decide who will fill all 435 seats on the House of Representatives and 37/100 seats on the Senate. To gain control, Republicans need to gain 39 seats in the House and 10 seats on the Senate. If, as predicted, the Republicans/Tea Partiers do gain control, current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will be replaced by Ohio Republican Rep. John Boehner. Boehner has stated that there is no room for compromise with Democrats in furthering Republican and Tea Party goals, although he stops short of endorsing Tea Party plans to dismantle the Department of Education or shut down the US government if drastic spending cuts are not made immediately. (CNN)
The most recent polling data on CNN highlights several closely watched races. Jerry Brown(D) leads Meg Whitman(R) by double digits in the California Gubernatorial race, and incumbent Barbara Boxer(D) is leading Carly Fiorina(R) by eight points. In Nevada Sharon Angle(R) and current House Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) are in a statistical tie. In the Connecticut Senatorial race, polls show Richard Blumenthal (D) leading Linda McMahon (R) by eight points.