Among leading race-by-race analysts, RealClearPolitics.com is putting Republicans ahead in 207 House races, Democrats in 191 and listing 37 as tossups of which the GOP needs to take only 11 to take control.
CQ Politics has it the opposite 213 Democrats leading, 189 Republicans, 33 tossups. Stuart Rothenberg lists 28 Democratic seats tilting or leaning Republican 11 short of control and 13 as tossups.
In the Senate, Republicans do have to virtually run the table to pick up 10 seats, but its doable.
GOP candidates have substantial leads in five states North Dakota, Arkansas, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and are within range of winning in Illinois, Nevada, Colorado, West Virginia, California and, amazingly, Connecticut.
Republicans had Delaware for the asking as well, but they appear to have thrown it away by nominating tea party favorite Christine ODonnell, whos trailing badly.
The rules of the Senate are such that cohesive minorities are powerful if they have 41 votes. With 48 or 49 and able to attract a conservative Democrat or two Republicans can run (or stop) the show.
So, it looks as though Mae West and proponents of divided government may well get their wish in November.
The question is: What then? Are President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans going to do as Clinton and Republicans did in the 1990s fight like hell, but get stuff done or just battle to a standstill and make whos to blame the central issue of the 2012 elections?
Theres every danger that Obama is incapable of reaching out to Republicans and that Republicans under the influence of tea partiers and Sen. Jim DeMint
(R-S.C.) will refuse to reach back if he does.
If the result is that none of Americas problems get addressed jobs, the debt, energy, education, immigration what organization of government is there left to try? You can be sure, outraged voters will want something new.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.