October 4th, 2010
08:11 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats gird for final push

(CNN) – Democrats are heading into the weeks leading up to Election Day with a final push of ads, strategy and spin.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sources say they are up with ads in 36 districts. The sources said that Democrats are "heavily reserved" in air time, which could mean spending almost $50 million on advertising.

Expect this to be a nasty-and personal-campaign, as Democrats try to make this a district-by-district election while the GOP continues to nationalize it. Today I was told that the Democrats had "barely begun" their ad wars.

The folks benefiting the most from these ads: the pollsters. The Democratic strategists say that Democratic pollsters are so in demand they can't get polls done quickly enough because everyone is too busy polling. To give you some idea, right now most members are polling twice weekly.

House Democrats are knocking on about 200,000 doors each weekend with local volunteers.

They say the GOP needs to come up with 50 "credible races" to win, and they don't believe they have it. They point out that there are 49 Democrats who won in districts won by McCain, so they're good candidates, experienced-and more likely to hang on to their jobs.

They point out that recruitment (done early in the cycle) was better for Democrats than the GOP-hence, they say, they have better candidates.

As for the Tea Party, says one senior Democratic House campaign strategist, "Republicans are energizing our base."
One more point: Democrats really started worrying about this after Scott Brown won his special election, so they say they're ready. "No surprises," says a senior House campaign aide.

One final note of spin: "Our members are feeling a lot more positive than the coverage would have you believe."


Filed under: 2010 • Democrats
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Let's do this thing Dem's and not let the GOP clones from turning back the clock 100 years with their wacked Puritan fundamentalist agenda.

    October 4, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Does this mean the unions have hired all those people to vote many times? Is all of that hard earned stimulus money we gave the corrupt unions and the left wing nut organizations being used to pay for this election?

    October 4, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. barry

    Spend your money Democrats but you have lost the independents. You didn't listen to the will of the people. Now we chose what we feel is the lesser of two evils and vote Republican. Health Care and the Deficit are what lost it for you.

    October 4, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. Debbie from Arizona

    Democrats need to really get motivated this election. Here in Arizona it's pretty much of a circus. We have the misfortune of a non-elected Republican Governor, Brewer who has made our state a laughing stock with the anti-immigration bill 1070, which does absolutely nothing to secure our border. But polls say she's winning. Personally polls don't mean much to me. They usually lean which ever way the pollsters running them want. The Republicans have just about ruined our country, we can not and must not let them finish the job. Vote this November! If you really care about this country it's your civic duty to cast your vote.

    October 4, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. Vote Democrats or bend over for the GOPTea Party!

    Democrats mount up! Its time to make history. It's been a history making in electing President Obama and he has passed history making policies and now we need a history making midterm election. We need everybody who voted in 2008 to come out swinging in 2010. Let's make history together. We can win it, if you put your back in it!

    October 4, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Go get 'em, Dems! Our country CANNOT afford to go back to the tried-and-failed policies of the Bush era – and that's exactly what they've promised us they'll do, should they regain power!

    Just say NO to the Party of NO!

    Vote FOR our country – vote Democratic!

    October 4, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  7. normajean

    DEMOCRATS....VOTE,VOTE,VOTE. Your vote is important and so are you. We need every Democrat vote we can get and every one of us counts because we have a big job ahead getting our country back to being the great place it once was.Talk to family and friends, get them to the voting booth!!!! WE NEED YOU!!!!!!

    October 5, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  8. Dems stink

    Have you noticed that democrats aren't running for office based on their voting record. If that doesn't show how bad Obamacare, the financial takeover bill ('reform' would have addressed the real cause of the problem), $878,000,000,000 democratic slushfund – also known as stimulus 1 (not be be confused with stimulus 2 and 3), cap and trade, blocking US drilling while paying for Mexican and Brazilian drilling,...

    Democrats are just like republicans candidates, but with failing ideas. (Note: their policies got us into this economic mess in the first place. Anyone with a brain can follow the economic collapse to Clintons policy of forcing banks to make bad loans, Fannie and Freddie buying those loans and Barney Frank and Chris Dodd keeping them honest.... oops. Dems stink.

    October 5, 2010 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  9. SoArizona

    And Democrats are continuing The Great Recession with NO MORE JOBS

    October 5, 2010 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  10. Big Day

    If I didn't know better, I'd swear the Republicans had won already. They haven't! America hasn't forgot what they did to us not that long ago. Democrats are going to win alot more seats than the media would have us believe.

    October 5, 2010 06:15 am at 6:15 am |