House Democrats Face Long Odds In 2014

The battle for the House was pretty even in 2012, with Democrats winning slightly more of the popular vote but Republicans holding a strong 33-seat majority thanks to a map that favors their party. And it will be very difficult for Democrats to win back the majority in 2014, because the president's party has rarely gained House seats in a midterm election.

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  • House begins approving budget
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  • Republican Gov. Greg Abbott Spits In The Face Of Democracy – VIDEO
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  • Democrats' Vanishing Future
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