Washington (CNN) - Two days after Democrats suffered losses in special House seat elections, Republican campaign officials are calling the pair of defeats a reflection of President Barack Obama's failed economic record, and predicting similar losses for Democrats running on Obama's ticket in 2012.
In a memo released to Republican members of Congress and their staffs and obtained first by CNN, National Republican Congressional Committee Political Director Mike Shields says Democrats' stances on issues like the economy and Medicare cost the party the two contested seats in New York and Nevada.
"It's now clear that the Democrats' failed economic record and unpopular polices are getting in the way of their goal," Shields wrote in the memo. "With the President at record low approval ratings in swing states and even Democrat strongholds like New York City, their job-killing policies will be the defining issue going forward."
On Tuesday, Republican Bob Turner won the special election in New York's heavily Democratic ninth congressional district. The seat was vacated by former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress after sending lewd photographs to women on Twitter. In Nevada's second district, Republican Mark Amodei defeated Democrat Kate Marshall.
Shields predicted that going forward, Democrats would continue to experience a drag based on the President's low approval ratings.
"Running on the same ticket with Obama is proving to be a difficult task for many Democrats," Shields wrote. "Perhaps that is why they are having a hard time recruiting candidates in districts held by Republicans."
He continued, "Although these were different elections on opposite sides of the country, the common theme is that for all down ticket Democrats, President Obama's record of failure in Washington will be a very big drag, especially for those who are part of the broken Washington culture."
On Tuesday, prominent Democrats rejected the idea that the pair of special election losses were referendums on the president's agenda, instead suggesting the outcomes were the result of voter anger.
"I think it was an opportunity for people just to say I'm not happy and this is how I'm going to reflect it," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said Tuesday.
Hoyer continued, "I think Democrats will stand with the president where they agree with him and they will bring up their alternative views when they don't."
At a press gaggle aboard Air Force One Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that the special election wasn't an indicator of larger voter anger against Democrats.
"Special elections are often unique and their outcomes do not tell you very much about future regularly scheduled elections," Carney said.
He continued, "I think that one election in what had been a Democratic seat is unique to that district, to the circumstances around what was created that caused the special election to take place. And judge it as you will, I think it's a very specific case in a specific district in, obviously, a very low turnout election."
-CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Kate Bolduan and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.