2012: More than presidency is at stake

March 23, 2012
Atlanta Business Chronicle

2012 will be an historic election — no matter what happens. Right now, all eyes remain fixed on the GOP nomination. In November, the world will focus on the presidential election to see whether President Barack Obama can get re-elected. But, on Nov. 6, control of another branch of government — Congress — will also be at play.

Currently, Republicans control the U.S. House of Representatives by a 242-193 margin. Democrats control the Senate by a 53-47 margin. Control of the House and Senate has see-sawed back and forth in recent years. 2012 might be no different.

With the congressional approval rating standing at just 11 percent, every incumbent in Congress has reason to worry. Some will face primary opposition, especially in the new congressional districts. Others will face challenges based on voter discontent.

Make no mistake, the presidential election will dictate the story line for the 2012 elections. But, the most interesting thing about the 2012 elections is that no one knows what will happen. In 2008, Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. In 2010, Republicans won 63 seats to regain control of the House. 2012 will have its own surprises.

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