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Forecasting the 2006 National Elections to the U.S. House of Representatives
1University at Buffalo, SUNY
Citation Information: The Forum. Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages –, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, DOI: 10.2202/1540-8884.1126, September 2006
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Drawing on several theories of congressional election change, this article presents a forecasting equation for seat change in U.S. House elections. The equation addresses the problem of the over time comparability of seat change when levels of competition at the congressional district level have declined dramatically, a decline that has substantially reduced the magnitude of net partisan seat change in recent decades. The equation is estimated using both on-year and midterm elections since 1944. It indicates that the 2006 midterm will likely be a good year for the Democrats. However, because of reduced levels of competition restricting the number of seats that are effectively "in play," Democratic Party gains are likely to be in the teens. Though Republicans may narrowly retain their control of the House, there is a very real possibility that Democrats will end the six election string of Republican House majorities.