Mid-terms are not Presidential elections but they could be close

One of my AP US History students asked me if this was the most that a party had controlled the House of Representatives. I didn’t know so we looked it up. Here’s what we found: “Combined–Control of the U.S. House of Representatives – Control of the U.S. Senate” by ChrisnHouston – File:Control of the U.S. Senate.PNG File:Control of the U.S. House of Representatives.PNG. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Look at the second box (that’s the House). Turns out in the 1940’s the Democrats controlled almost 80% of the House. Republicans have 244 out of 435, so they’re getting there (56%). To reach those 1940’s #’s the GOP would have to win almost 90 more seats.   Then my student asked a different question: Does a whooping in the House mean the GOP will win the 2016 presidency? … Continue reading »