Voters across America will make the deciding call Tuesday in which party will take over the House and Senate, as well as indicate how the people feel about President Obama’s first two years in office.
This mid-term election has cost an estimated $3.5 billion, which is the highest costing non-presidential election in history according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Results of recent polls show that dissatisfied Americans have the ability to eliminate the Democratic majority that rules Congress. While a loss is not unusual, the potential of the shift in power could rival historic levels of decades past.
This year shows 100 of the 435 House seats being contested while 37 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs. In order to take a majority lead Republicans need only 39 House seats and 10 Senate seats above what they already hold. States such as Nevada and Washington, where Democratic incumbents are facing strong challengers, are certain to be key races this year.
As voters head to the polls the issues of unemployment and the economy are weighing heavily on their minds as the top concerns for the country. Unemployment is currently at 9.6 percent and the issue has divided the parties. Republicans press the belief that Democrats are pushing expensive policies that are doing nothing but expanding government. President Obama leads the Democrats in stressing that things just as the economic stimulus and the auto industry bailout were a necessity to prevent a depression.
A national poll conducted on Monday showed that 75 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country. This is the highest number ever recorded the night before mid-term elections. The survey also showed that the economy was the biggest issue, being so large it topped all other issues combined.
Another added element to the elections this year is the Tea Party. Having sent virtually unknown candidates victory during the primaries, many are concerned over their ability to win in the general election.
The governors races might also impact Congress. The chosen governors may have an influence over redistricting that will take place based on the 2010 census. 37 of the 50 states are facing governor elections.