Let's Get Real.
In the 2014 mid-term elections, the GOP won 8 senate seats of which four seats belonged to sitting Democrat incumbents. If the Louisiana Senate run-off election on December 6 goes to the GOP, the total pick up will be 9 seats. In the House of Representatives, the GOP has picked up 12 seats, but that may extend up to 19 if they win the remaining 7 seats which still too close to call. This gives the GOP their largest majorities since 1942. In addition, the GOP won a net of four governorships including wins in the deep blue states of Massachusetts, Maryland, and Illinois. At this point, 23 states now have total GOP control of both houses of the state legislature and the governor’s office.
However, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi say this does not indicate a GOP wave. Is the former Speaker of the House dissociative? Hardly. Pelosi does not want to relinquish her position as the leader the House Democrats. For her to admit a massive defeat would be to invite challenges to her leadership, and could affect the Democrats in the 2016 election according to analyst Alexei Beltyukov. At the same time, Pelosi said that had the Democrats scored a major victory she would consider stepping down. In her opinion, the losses Democrats suffered at every level of government indicate that she is needed now more than ever. For this reason, she must stay on and shepherd her party. She predicts that her party will return to power in 2016.