Mid-Term Election Predictions
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Posted by: Lindsey Johnson
It’s around this time that MRAA
members typically ask the association to make predictions regarding "what’s
next” for the coming year on the Hill.
MRAA has frequent discussions year-round with Hill staff and lobbyists who get involved
in the political process, and this year is no different.
The consensus for a long time has
been that Republicans will gain between four and six seats in the Senate,
giving the party the majority, and that the Republican Party will keep the
majority in the House. This has been the viewpoint of the Cook Political
Report, as well as the opinion of most major media outlets. The overwhelming
expectation is that Republicans will control both houses of Congress after the upcoming
With the elections a mere four weeks
away, we’re seeing the races tighten up. The inside D.C. conversations now
zero-in on specific races. Can Sen. Mitch McConnell be upset in Kentucky? Will former Sen. Sam Nunn’s daughter
win in Georgia? Did you know Sen. Mary Landrieu is now up
by 17 percent in Louisiana? Can Sen. Mark Pryor come back in Arkansas?
Charlie Cook still predicts
Republicans will have a net gain of four to six seats in the Senate. MRAA
thinks that the outcome will be close to Cook’s prediction; but given the
partisan nature of debate, the majority for either party will be slim after
November 4 and hard to govern.
MRAA is asking you, its members,
to consider political viewpoints on issues important to marine retailers when
you vote: Access to the water, tax reform and reducing the amount of government
paperwork required to operate a business.