Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

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Posted: Monday, September 1, 2014 8:55 am | Updated: 11:47 am, Mon Sep 1, 2014.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the election of contradictions.

In the 2014 midterms, a surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in." At least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators are on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.

That's the power of incumbency, and it trumps the public's sour mood and antipathy toward gridlocked Washington. Neither Obama's signature health care law, nor last year's government shutdown changed the likelihood that the House stays in Republican hands.

The only suspense is in the battle for Senate control. Republicans must gain six seats to win the majority from Democrats.

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