Hoyer Says Political Trends Moving House Dems' Way

House Minority Whip Hoyer said Wednesday that positive generic
polling numbers, promising Democratic candidates and an
unproductive Republican-controlled Congress would boost
Democratic chances of taking the House.

   In a political briefing with reporters, Hoyer said national
polls have recently shown congressional Democrats with an
advantage of between 6 and 8 percentage points.

   "If it's 6 to 8 [points], we'll win the majority of the
House," Hoyer said. "We will win because we have candidates that
are within striking distance."

   He said recent Democratic recruits in GOP-held districts in
Alabama, Minnesota, New York, Nevada and North Carolina would
make those races competitive.

   Hoyer also said internal Republican divisions have prevented
Congress from moving on stalled legislation, and they help build
the case for ousting the GOP majority.

   "Budget, budget enforcement, FSC [the foreign sales
corporation/extraterritorial income-tax bill], the energy bill
-- all of these are intra-party fights," Hoyer said.

   He said polling shows voters trust Democrats more than
Republicans on most issues, and he enumerated several priorities
he said Democratic would take up if they won the House.

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