(CNN) – National Senate Democrats are trying their best to put a positive spin on the political climate one week ahead of the midterm elections, releasing a memo Monday suggesting their party has the early-voting edge in a string of key races.
"Now that voters are casting ballots we can see our work has been effective," wrote Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The DSCC is charged with maintaining the party's majority in the upper chamber.
"Despite national momentum being on the Republican side for months, we are not seeing anything resembling a Republican surge," Menendez continues. "In fact, to the contrary, in key Senate races, we are seeing encouraging signs for Democrats. Granted this analysis accounts for only one full week of early vote data, we believe our modeling shows that Democrats are engaged, enthused – and most importantly – voting."
Menendez goes on to say Democrats have so far cast more early-voting ballots in West Virginia, California, and Nevada – sites of three pivotal Senate races in which the outcome could determine which party ultimately controls the Senate came January 2011. Menendez also touts encouraging early-voting reports in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Washington where three more closely fought battles are being waged.
Republicans were quick to dispute Menendez's optimism, noting virtually all the states mentioned in the memo have significantly more registered Democrats than Republicans. It is, Republicans say, neither predictive nor surprising that registered Democrats outnumber their Republican counterparts in voting early.