News Analysis: Demographics Seem To Favor Republicans In 2014 Elections

Despite all reasons to relax, there's one thing that could cause U.S. Democrats to stumble in the 2014 mid-term Congressional elections: demographics.

Indeed, blacks, Hispanics, youth and single women -- Democrats' base -- tend to be absent from Congressional elections, while older, more conservative voters -- Republicans' traditional supporters -- would in all likelihood go out for voting this November.

The trend bodes ill for Democrats, but the party has a few tricks up its sleeve, and is now making serious efforts to get single women out to vote them. That has worked in the past in states like Virginia, where unmarried women's support of Terry McAuliffe led to his victory in the governor elections, experts said.

Democrats are also going to try to boost the turnout of blacks, Hispanics and young voters in the midterms, Republican Strategist Ford O'Connell told Xinhua.

"They want to generate enthusiasm, make the midterms sexy for these voters," O'Connell said.

"Democrats will use the war on women as a focal point, as well as the minimum wage hike to rally voters," he said, referring to the party's push for an increased minimum wage.

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