If you pay attention to politics you know about the split inside the Republican Party. And if a new poll is accurate the split could wind up benefiting Tea Party backers next year.
A new USA Today/Pew Research Center poll showed that while the opinion of Republican Congressmen isn't very good, Republicans are more excited about voting next year. Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak told KTRH GOP voters are split as much as lawmakers are.
“There is a battle that’s happening between the conservative side and the moderate, establishment side,” Mackowiak said.
Because of that split, Mackowiak says there will be some interesting primary races early next year.
“Not every conservative challenger is going to win. They have to be good candidates. They have to run good campaigns. They have to be serious,” Mackowiak explained.
Because of that, Mackowiak thinks establishment Republicans shouldn’t get too nervous.
“Incumbents still have a lot of advantages,” Mackowiak explained. “On fund raising, name identification, on organizations and on running good campaigns.”
When the dust settles, Mackowiak thinks there will be a seismic change in Washington.
“Republicans will hold the House and have a good chance to take the Senate back,” Mackowiak stated.
If Mackowiak is right it means that President Obama, for the first time since he took office, will have a completely Republican Congress to deal with.