Susan J. Demas: Democrats facing uphill battle in 2016 congressional races

Can 2016 be the year Michigan Democrats finally pick up seats in Congress? That's something that hasn't happened since 2008.

Democrats are, of course, publicly bullish on the prospect (as they are every year -- even in 2010, when the delegation flipped from an 8/7 Democratic advantage to a 10/5 GOP majority).

But there's some reason for optimism in '16: Hillary Clinton is expected to be strong at the top of the Democrats' ticket and the electorate is predicted to be younger and more diverse, also playing to the party's advantage.

"In a presidential year with strong candidates like the ones we have or the potential candidates, I believe the conditions could be right there," Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson told Inside Michigan Politics in February.

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