White House Could See Wings Clipped After U.S. Midterm Elections

Things are not looking good for U.S. Democrats just weeks before the midterm Congressional elections as experts expect Republicans to overtake the Senate and render the president a lame duck.

The political landscape is gloomy for the Democrats as millions of Americans are still out of work and a large chunk of Americans fret over the country's general direction six years into a Democratic administration.

Indeed, while last week saw the U.S. unemployment rate drop to its lowest in six years, much of the slide was because millions of Americans have stopped seeking full-time jobs, as the jobless rate is calculated based on the number of people actively seeking jobs.

The workforce participation rate, which measures the amount of individuals engaged in the workforce, stands at a paltry 62.7 percent -- the lowest since 1978.

Moreover, major election forecasting models give clear advantage to the Republican Party (GOP), which needs six seats to retake the Senate majority. The Washington Post's Election Lab on Monday put the GOP way ahead, with a 78 percent chance of clinching the Senate, and the New York Times showed a 61 percent chance of the GOP gaining a Senate majority.

Election watchers and pundits are also paying close attention to how Americans view the direction of the country, as well as President Barack Obama's approval rating.

The easiest states for the GOP to win are expected to be Montana, West Virginia, South Dakota, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska, as 2012 GOP White House candidate Mitt Romney won each of those states over Obama in the last presidential elections, noted Republican strategist Ford O'Connell in an interview with Xinhua.

However, one concern the Republicans have now is that Democrats have more cash on hand for the ground game -- being able to galvanize their base and get them out to the ballot box, O'Connell added.

Read more from Matthew Rustling at Xinhua

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