According to a new report in The Washington Post, Democrats are feeling more and more optimistic about their chances of holding on to their Majority in the U.S. House of Representatives after several good signs in recent weeks and months.  Admittedly, they still have some “hurdles,” but as the Post points out, the prospect of them holding on to the majority was even recently considered incredibly unrealistic and nearly impossible.

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According to the report, the Democrats’ suddenly more optimistic outlook on the midterms is a result of several factors, among them” candidates and allied groups making moves to capitalize on a backlash to abortion restrictions, signs of improvements in the economy and opposition to Donald Trump.”

More from the Post’s report:

“Democratic fundraisers have reported an uptick in donations over the last month, and at least one of the party’s biggest donors is considering pouring more money into House races, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is privately voicing more confidence about the House landscape and opportunities to go on offense, people familiar with the conversations said, while President Biden’s White House has grown more optimistic in its outlook. One Biden adviser reacted with umbrage at a private meeting with reporters this month to the suggestion that Republicans were likely to win back control of Congress.”

The US Capitol Building via Flickr / Timo Luege

The report continues:

“While Democrats acknowledge they still face major hurdles, there has been an unmistakable mood shift, according to interviews with candidates, strategists and officials. What was once a party privately bracing for dozens of losses is now one reassessing the House landscape and shifting to a more offensive posture with about 10 weeks left before Election Day.

I definitely feel a different energy than even three months ago, but certainly six months ago,” said Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) one of the year’s most vulnerable incumbents. Seeing a “narrow” path to keeping the majority, Slotkin added: “Six months ago I think people were putting safe bets on a real blowout. And I don’t see that happening.”

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