Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said on Tuesday she was optimistic about the Democrats’ midterm chances, largely due to the “tsunami” of women who have come out ahead of the election in november.
“We’re going to win,” Schakowsky told The Hill editor Bob Cusack at Tuesday’s “Unlocking Access to Oral Health” event. “I’ve been an organizer for most of my life. I never really remember a time when there was so much energy on the Democratic side.
In particular, Schakowsky pointed to the increased enthusiasm of women following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Several states saw a surge of women registering to vote after the ruling, according to a New York Times analysis.
“Any poll that was done before Dobbs decided on abortion, forget about it,” Schakowsky said at the event hosted by the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. “Throw it out the window because we are witnessing a tsunami of women.”
The Illinois Democrat also noted that recent legislative successes, such as the Cut Inflation Act, could help the Democratic Party.
The president’s party typically loses seats in midterm elections, and polls until recently suggested Democrats wouldn’t fare well in November. However, Democrats have grown increasingly optimistic about their chances in recent weeks.
The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election analyst, shifted three more House races to Democrats on Wednesday, after shifting several more in favor of Democrats earlier this month. Even as the polls improve, some Democratic analysts have urged caution amid fears the polls will fuel false hopes like in 2016.