Quick fact: Memo to Hannity: Democrats swept Congressional races last week
Research ››› ››› GREG LEWIS
Pointing to Republican victories in last week's gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia, Sean Hannity asked if they are "a preview of sort of what a lot of people expected what happened in '93, '94 to happen here," specifically that "the Republicans can take back the House and Nancy Pelosi is no longer Speaker."
From the November 11 broadcast of Fox News' Hannity:
HANNITY: I think, you go back -- first look at Gallup. Independent registered voters support Republicans 52 to 30. That is a 22 point gap. You follow polls, both of you. That is a huge margin.
NICOLLE WALLACE: Huge. And it is I think the best piece of evidence we have that the Democratic solutions are more offensive to independents than the problems. I think everybody agrees that the problems are dire. Our economy is sick and is weakened. But people are more distressed about the Democrats' ideas for solving our problems than they are about the gravity of the problems we face.
HANNITY: And if you add to that the election results of last week, you know, 25-point swing in Virginia, 20-point swing in New Jersey, and independents by 20 points in each state, 21 points going towards Republicans.
SANDRA SMITH: Right, and what did those candidates focus on was the economy. They focused on taxes, they focused on jobs. And clearly what's happening here is we're realizing -- you know, the public is realizing the Democrats are ignoring their biggest concern is the economy.
HANNITY: A lot of people say the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races are a preview of sort of what a lot of people expected what happened in '93, '94 to happen here. Now if you look at Charlie Cook -- Cook's Political Report -- there are 77 Democratic-held seats that he says are competitive, only 26 Republican seats. Is it possible, with the intensity levels and these numbers we're looking at, that the Republicans can take back the House and Nancy Pelosi is no longer Speaker?
FACT: Democrats won both special elections in the House of Representatives. Although Hannity highlighted Republican gubernatorial victories in New Jersey and Virginia in invoking the 1994 "Republican Revolution" in which the GOP took control of both houses of Congress, he failed to mention that in the Congressional elections held last week, Democratic candidates won. Indeed, in both special elections for the House of Representatives, New York's 23rd Congressional District and California's 10th Congressional District, a Democrat was elected.