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Outlook good for GOP, poll shows

Americans unhappy with the economy are poised to hand control of the House of Representatives to Republicans in today’s elections that are shaping up as a rebuke of President Barack Obama, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found yesterday.

Americans unhappy with the economy are poised to hand control of the House of Representatives to Republicans in today’s elections that are shaping up as a rebuke of President Barack Obama, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found yesterday.

Fifty percent of likely voters said they will choose a Republican candidate when they vote while 44 percent said they will pick a Democrat, the national survey showed.

Republicans are likely to win some 231 seats in the House and take control of the chamber, the poll projected. Ipsos pollster Cliff Young predicted Democrats would hang on to control of the Senate with either a margin of 52 seats to 48 for Republicans or 53-47.

Obama has enjoyed one-party rule in Washington since taking power nearly two years ago. The election result, if it plays out the way the pollsters say it will, would mark a stark reversal of fortunes for him.

Tough political battles seemed to loom ahead over taxes, spending and deficits when a new Congress takes power in January. And Republicans might seek to repeal parts of Obama’s signature achievement, his health care overhaul.

There was some talk among Democrats of a mid-course correction by Obama.

“He has a good sense of perspective about the challenge of midterm elections and about the need going forward to make some adjustments and corrections. And you’ll see those play out over the course of the next few weeks,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

 
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