Van Hollen Predicts Republicans Won’t Take Over House in 2010

Posted November 13, 2009 at 6:25am

The latest mid-term election prediction from the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland: Democrats are going to have some tough contests in 2010, that doesn’t mean Republicans are going to take over the House.

Jennifer Bendery of *Roll Call* reports that Van Hollen told Thursday’s Bloomberg Washington Summit: “People who think this is a redux of 1994 are totally misreading the current situation.”

That, of course, is the year that Democrats lost their majority in the House for the first time in four decades.

Given that recent polling shows that just 20 percent of Americans identify themselves as Republicans, a drop of 8 percentage points from the 2008 elections, according to Van Hollen. “To suggest that the Republicans are going to run to the rescue of the American people who think they’re the answer, at least as we sit here a year out, is very wrong,” he said.