Democrats have lost their advantage and Republicans now have a slight edge in the battle for control of Congress, according to a new national poll, as reported yesterday by CNN. Apparently the ObamaCare disaster has restored the GOP’s luster.
A CNN poll a month ago indicated the GOP holding a 49%-47% lead. The new survey, conducted in mid-December, indicates Republicans with a 49%-44% edge over the Democrats. And thirty-six percent of Republicans say they’re extremely or very enthusiastic about voting. That number drops to 22% among Democrats.
What does this portend here in Orange County, where there will be two very close legislative races.
Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, who has earned a very liberal voting record in Sacramento thus far, has to fend off Young Kim, an aide to Congressman Ed Royce, in the 65th Assembly District (which was previously held by Republican Chris Norby) and former Assemblyman Jose Solorio will be trying to defeat the unpopular and ethically challenged Supervisor Janet Nguyen in the 34th State Senate District – which is a very purple district. The OC GOP should really try to find a better candidate than Nguyen if they really want to defeat Solorio.
Assemblyman Tom Daly, over in the heavily Latino 69th Assembly District, should also be looking over his shoulder. SAUSD Trustee Cecilia Iglesias, a Republican, is considering running against him and with these national trends favoring the GOP I think she could take him out.