About 51 percent of Americans say they are “especially looking forward to” the 2014 midterm elections, according to the Pew Research Center.
That’s not far off the 58 percent who said the same about the Winter Olympics, which kick off next month in Russia, or the 55 percent who said they’re looking forward to the Super Bowl, which will be held Feb. 2.
At the midpoint of President Barack Obama’s second term, Democrats are defending a 55-45 majority in the Senate and are the incumbent party in 21 of the 35 contests on November ballots. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to regain the majority they lost in the 2006 election, the midpoint of President George W. Bush’s second term.
In the House, the Republican majority is 233-200, which accounts for the swearing-in yesterday of Republican Bradley Byrne of Alabama. There are two vacancies.
Byrne’s election was aided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s biggest business federation. In the 2014 campaign, the Chamber “will work to protect and expand a pro-business majority in the House and advance our position and our influence in the Senate,” its president, Tom Donohue, said yesterday in Washington, as Bloomberg’s Brian Wingfield and Julie Bykowicz reported.
There will also be governors’ elections in 36 states and contests for thousands of state legislative seats. State ballot initiatives, judicial elections and local races will also compete for the voting public’s attention.
The Pew survey was conducted Jan. 2-5.