GOP Pollsters: Democrats Won't Lose Big in Midterm Elections

Republican campaign pros are tamping down excited talk by some.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Republican pollsters and campaign pros are tamping down excited talk by some that President Obama's woes will mean a huge pickup of House seats in the midterm elections next year. While some compare it to 1994, when concern over Bill Clinton's healthcare plan and other issues led to a historic 52-seat House Democratic loss, Republicans say the impact will be closer to 1982, when Ronald Reagan lost about 26 House seats. "This is much more like '82 than it is '94," says GOP pollster Bill McInturff. "This is a country that still wants the president to be successful."

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