There is nothing like the “power of the incumbency” when it comes to elections for the United States Congress.
Members of Congress, United States Senators and Representatives, have resources that challengers do not have. Those are the “power of the incumbency” when it comes to elections for Congress. These include huge staffs, office space, name recognition, and, generally, the ability to raise more money due to established relationships that exist from holding the powerful position of being a Member of the United States Congress.
But The Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, could change all of that for the midterm Congressional elections in November.
That is certainly what happened with the midterm Congressional elections in November 2010. The Democrats, with Obama in The White House, lost the United States House of Representatives to the Republicans. The Republican Party also picked up a number of seats in the United States Senate. The losses were also heavy for Democrats and the state and local level, too, across the country.
That could easily happen again when the results from November 4, 2014 are tallied.
In recent elections, every supporter of The Affordable Care Act has lost. That happened despite media support and Hollywood celebrities. Particularly noteworthy was the loss of ObamaCare supporter Alex Sink in the 13th District of Florida for the United States House of Representatives. That was a district that Obama won in 2008 and 2012. Sink had every advantage in the race, ranging from media backing to money in the bank.
But, as an ObamaCare supporter, Sink lost like all of the others!
Congress does not do well in polling with the American people. But, “Despite the incredibly low polling…its still an incumbent’s world,” noted Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan organization. The Affordable Care Act could be altering that for November 2014, the same way that it did in November 2010.