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Political Countdown Begins for US Elections

Political Countdown Begins for US Elections
Political Countdown Begins for US Elections

Polls ahead of congressional and gubernatorial elections next week continue to show the Republican Party poised to make big gains, while a White House spokesman warns of a possible future of "gridlock and political gamesmanship."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs made the comment to reporters Tuesday, when asked for a response to a recent comment by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell told the National Journal this week that after the election, Republicans' single biggest goal is to ensure that U.S. President Barack Obama is not re-elected.

Gibbs said McConnell's comment was a "deeply disappointing message" to the American people.

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives plus 37 of the 100 U.S. Senate seats are at stake in November 2 balloting.

A public opinion poll by the Gallup research organization indicates Republicans remain in position to seize control of the House of Representatives from Democrats, who now have majorities in both the House and Senate. Republicans need 10 more seats to win a majority in the Senate, but most analysts believe they will fall short.

Campaign activity has surged in the past few days with both major parties trying to motivate their supporters to vote.

Democrats are seeking to energize young voters, women and minorities - the blocs that helped propel Mr. Obama to victory in 2008.

Republicans are hoping a strong turnout from white voters, men and older voters will carry them to victory on November 2. Those groups have been especially drawn to the Tea Party movement, a loosely organized coalition of conservative and libertarian groups committed to smaller government and lower taxes.

In addition to the congressional races, 37 states are holding elections for governor.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.