Electing a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress would allow for passage of the legislation that Democrats are promising for the disability community and allow us to hold Democrats accountable if there is not substantial progress. Even if Democrats do not win the House, picking up some seats is important and will make it more likely that Clinton will be able to pass some of her disability initiatives — which in a previous climate would have been bipartisan.
It is conceivable, though unlikely, that Democrats will win enough seats to control the House. [source] Democrats are unlikely to win control of the House both because the election overall is tightening and because after the 2010 census Republican state legislators — some elected through strategic Republican investments in key seats – engaged in extreme gerrymandering— drawing election lines to favor certain outcomes. [source] In 2012, Democratic House candidates won around a million and a half more votes than Republican candidates, but Republicans wound up controlling the House by a 234 to 201 margin. [source]
While usually presidential races help or hurt Congressional candidates, there have been doubts that would happen this year. As a Washington Post commentator put it, “Trump is too much of a wacko bird to be an albatross.” [source] Many Republicans have been trying all year to separate themselves from Trump so they can avoid defeat even if his campaign collapses. Republicans in the House were expected to face no consequences from Trump’s nomination even though most of them had enabled it, with varying degrees of enthusiasm and reluctance.