RNC chairman predicts 'tsunami-type election'
March 18th, 2014
01:43 PM ET
4 months ago

RNC chairman predicts 'tsunami-type election'

Washington (CNN) - The head of the Republican Party has a prediction about November's midterm elections.

"I think we're in for a tsunami-type election in 2014," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus said Tuesday at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

"My belief is, it's going to be a very big win, especially at the U.S. Senate level, and we may add some seats in congressional races. But I need to and we need to at the RNC make sure that we can capture the positives and the benefits we've been able to provide in 2014 and build on that to have success in 2016, which is a very different type of election," Priebus added.

Priebus said he thinks GOP gains with female and younger voters will lead the party to victory in November.

"I'm just guessing here, but I think among youth and women, we're gonna see the greatest increase in 2014 because of, number one, Obamacare," Priebus said.

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chair of the rival Democratic National Committee, pushed back on the prediction by Priebus.

"I think we have incredible opportunities all across the country, and our incumbents and U.S. senators all across the country are running aggressive, bottom-up campaigns that are going to reach voters where they are," Wasserman Schultz said at a news conference.

The congresswoman added that she's "confident we will hold the Senate."

Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up in November, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states.

In the House of Representatives, Democrats need a net gain of 17 seats from the GOP to regain control of the chamber. Political handicappers consider that a tall order, considering the shrinking number of competitive congressional districts nationwide.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report

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soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. wise guy

    Why does he look like he just got done blowing someone.

    March 18, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Bill from GA

    "Priebus said he thinks GOP gains with female and younger voters will lead the party to victory in November."

    The only thing that might help the GOP is lack of voter turnout by lazy Dems.

    TO: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Your #1 goal should be to find a way to motivate Dems. Good Luck.

    March 18, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. wise guy

    You haven't had sucess yet in 14. The Florida win should be alarming, you used to carry that district with large % wins, a2% win is your clue.

    March 18, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Prince is about to become unemployed, and he deserves it. He is banking on republicans getting support for beating up on the poor and the uninsured. I am not sure the GOBaggers can suppress enough votes to win the senate.

    March 18, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. wise guy

    They are all in on obamacare, with their actions so far, id choose differently, their interviews with "victims" have turned out bad for them. Like the poor couple hannity paraded out telling the horrors of obamacare, never even applied for healthcare, or the lady with cancer being dropped, another big lie, that's literally all they have.

    March 18, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Bill from GA

    A comment earlier "wise guy – Something extra slimy about this guy." about Cruz.

    Sorry, wise guy, but Priebus makes Cruz look like a stand-up guy. None slimier than Priebus. Hands-down champ of Sliminess. King Slimo.

    March 18, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    And Debbie Wasserman Schultz should be our next President!!

    March 18, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    What positives can he point to? What positive case has the GOP made based on their own ideas? Its laughable.

    March 18, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. TONE

    Keep on wishing rince your mouth prebus.

    March 18, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Bill from GA

    To wise guy – "Why does he look like ..."

    maybe it was Ted Cruz

    March 18, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    --with this oncoming election, GOP is pretty much out. No fool wants these crooks of the nation. These republicans are becoming American Al Queda. Very pathetic.

    March 18, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    wise guy

    You haven't had sucess yet in 14. The Florida win should be alarming, you used to carry that district with large % wins, a2% win is your clue.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, and that much larger margin was attained before the district wa redrawn to move those that the 2012 also-ran referred to as the "47%" into another district – AND when only half of Pinellas County's 24 municipalities had issues or local elections on the ballot. Also keep in mind that the professional lobbyist turned congressman will be on the ballot this November with an extremely unpopular repub governor that the majority wants gone!

    March 18, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    wise guy
    Why does he look like he just got done blowing someone.

    March 18, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm
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    Because the Koch brothers told him to.

    March 18, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. wwf

    What positives do you have to talk about. Taking the last 3 years off from doing anything except be a guest on FOX?

    March 18, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Nate Silver, the pollster dems love, tends to agree... and is on record as saying that the GOP is better than even money odds to take the Senate.

    March 18, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. smith

    Unless something crazy happends, the GOP will keep the house and the Dems will keep the senate.

    March 18, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. wise guy

    Soon we will see the gop alternative, they will say whatever, but they will NEVER vote on it, I guarantee it. They want you to believe they want healthcare, just like immigration, its simply not going to happen, jobs, jobs, jobs anyone, fool me once.

    March 18, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    Nate Silver, the pollster dems love, tends to agree... and is on record as saying that the GOP is better than even money odds to take the Senate.
    **************
    Fair, its March: now, refresh my memory if I'm wrong, but the election is in November, right?

    March 18, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. steve

    I agree with him. People of this country prefer to vote the interests of the wealthy because they want to believe one day that will be them. The people that know better tend to not vote.

    March 18, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Tampa Tim

    There comes a time when the GOP has to stand for something that Americans deem important, then they have to accomplish something positive, and that is not going happen. Prince's job is about to be outsourced.

    March 18, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Chris-E...al

    Your right Mr chairman there is going to be a Great tsunami of dems and repubs that is going to change the course of this nation ! We are tired of paying for things we dont wont and your imorrale and racist leans . Atleast You dems will get to go off to Pinocchio land and rub your sore noses .

    March 18, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. wise guy

    OK reince, put away your blue dress now.!

    March 18, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. wise guy

    There are two Koch's, so its no wonder his lips look sore

    March 18, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. kurt

    I can see the GOP taking the senate by 1-2 seats. They've got one certain pickup (South Dakota) and about 3 that are very likely (Montana, West Virginia, Arkansas).

    Can they keep Kentucky and win a couple of the toss-ups remaining to get to 6 (Alaska, North Carolina, Louisiana)? Yes.

    But even in a best case, they'll hold the Senate by a seat or two. And in 2016 they'll be defending the majority of the seats, all of them won in 2010 with a non-presidential election. Many in blue or purple states. Only 9 Democrat seats will be up, and only 1 is really even a possible loss for the democrats).

    So best case for the GOP... they hold the senate for 2 years under a democrat president by the slimmest of majorities.

    March 18, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. 2L

    Fair is Fair

    Nate Silver, the pollster dems love, tends to agree... and is on record as saying that the GOP is better than even money odds to take the Senate.

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    Silver says it's still a tossup – not sure where you get the read that he agrees it's going to be a landslide.

    March 18, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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