A UW expert says the war in Iraq and mounting American casualties this month could be deciding factors in who controls Congress after November 7th.

Republicans who are hoping to keep control of Congress are in a difficult position, with heavy American casualties in Iraq in the weeks leading up to the elections. That's the view of UW political scientist Charles Franklin, who says Republicans can't “repudiate” their support for the war, but also realize it's no longer popular. Franklin says Democrats also face a tough position because they've been critical of the war…but can't call for an immediate withdrawal of troops.

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