The political mood this election season can be summed up in two words: decidedly anti-incumbent. Large numbers of voters across the country, eager for an economic turnaround, are telling their elected officials to step aside as unemployment numbers continue to rise and many states continue to cut services to cover budget gaps.
The likely outcome today is a Republican surge that could repaint the political map far redder than it was two years ago.
The Cook Political Report predicts a Democratic net loss of 50 to 60 seats in the House, with higher losses possible. A turnover of just 39 seats would tip majority status into Republican hands. The Republicans stand to gain six to eight seats in the Senate according to Cook. Other polls show similar numbers.
So what does this mean for you, for us—for the people whose lives depend on the policies a new Congressional class promises to pursue?
Today, Election Day, we ask you what your greatest hopes and your greatest fears are come Wednesday. Be specific. Where do you live? What field do you work in? Who are your senators and representatives? How will your life, your organization’s life, and the lives of your constituents change after the elections?
Use this space to sound off. Comment below. Write to us. Tell us what’s happening with you.