Democrats found out just how much political trouble they are in.
The depths of the hole shocked party leaders.
And Nancy Pelosi saw some bad news that is going to send Democrats running for their lives.
Republicans only need to flip six seats to win back a majority in the House of Representatives.
Polling data shows the GOP may be on the verge of an historic wave.
A new ABC/Washington Post poll found Republicans leading Democrats by 10 points on the generic ballot question of which party Americans want to see running Congress.
That 10 point margin represented the largest lead for the GOP in the 40-year history of the poll.
“As things stand, if the midterm elections were today, 51 percent of registered voters say they’d support the Republican candidate in their congressional district, 41 percent the Democrat,” the ABC release read. “That’s the biggest lead for the Republicans in 110 ABC/Post polls to ask this question since November 1981. Indeed, it’s only the second time the GOP has held a statistically significant advantage (the other was +7 points in January 2002) and the ninth time it’s held any numerical edge at all.”
Republicans rarely lead in this question.
ABC and The Washington Post noted this was only the ninth time Republicans topped Democrats in this poll.
Traditionally, a Republican lead in the generic ballot does not show up until later in the cycle.
In 2009, the October ABC/Washington Post poll showed Democrats holding a 51 to 39 lead over the GOP in the generic ballot.
The final 2009 ABC/Washington Post poll generic ballot showed Republicans ahead of Democrats by four points.
And even that poll underestimated the size of the coming GOP victory.
Republicans went on to pick up 63 seats in the Tea Party wave.
For Republicans to currently hold a 10 point lead on the generic ballot question is unheard of and this new polling data could spur another rush of Democrat Party retirements.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.