RNC chairman predicts 'tsunami-type election'
March 18th, 2014
01:43 PM ET
8 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. dinkydow

    Keep a stiff upper lip Debbie. You can still lead the DNC until the election, then be blamed for a landslide loss and get canned. But take solace in knowing that you will have lead to the death of the Democrat Party and the reincarnation of it as the Progressive Party. You'll be a hero in lala land.

    March 18, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. VJ

    Priebus is a day dreamer... period.

    March 18, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    Nate said "toss up" not sure how anyone could read that to be a GOP win.

    And yes, he is respected as a pollster and statistician, because his polls and stats are not determined by how many times his is on Fox Fables!

    March 18, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Pk

    Famous last words..... They'll get their butts handed to them in the next election , as usual. The GOP doesn't know when to shut up.... Bunch of Neanderthal blowhards....

    March 18, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. karali1975

    My howls of laughter cannot ring loud enough.

    March 18, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein

    The Democrats need to get their voters to the polls. If they don't get them out, then they are surely going to lose. It would be nice if there was a party further to the right that would scare the Republicans to working with the Democrats to get the job done. The teapublicans haven't done that well enough.

    March 18, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    If that DOES happen, it will be a short lived Victory. The Repuubs. may be able to scare & fool enough folks for One Election Cycle. They will then proceed to do NOTHING to address the Problems of Middle Class America & will be swept out again.

    March 18, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. CrankyMaddog

    GOP delusional rantings about a Senate takeover are founded in unfounded hopes they'll win in VA, NH, MI & won't lose in GA & KY.

    March 18, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Dean

    Obama's arrogance + incopetence = votes for GOP.

    March 18, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Wes

    Dems will lose the Senate but retain enough seats to filibuster. They will be kicking themselves for the nuclear option they bullied into place.

    March 18, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Crashman

    Isn't this the same guy who said Romney would sweep the election in 2012? Let's hope he's just as right about this.

    March 18, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. longtooth

    Give Reince Preibus his pom-poms and let him cheer all he wants. Democrats don't need to destroy Republicans. The Party of No is good at self-destruction. Just look at the list of potential presidential candidates. How out of touch can you possibly be?

    March 18, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Tony Torres

    Dems greatest challenge is to motivate the base to VOTE. Unfortunately Dems need a big fire under their ass get them out to vote, that is why this idiot Preibus maybe be right. If the GOP wins the Senate we will have no one to blame but ourselves for not getting everyone to come out and vote. The GOP has the ferver that the rest of us seem to lack, that is why they get and keep getting elected. WE MUST GET EVERYONE TO VOTE!! That is the best answer, we must have our voices heard to change this mess we have now.

    March 18, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Quixote

    The positive? The ONLY things the rnc offers are baseless criticism and lies. Look at kansas if you want to know what a gop congress will do to the country.

    March 18, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. henry

    You are wrong GOP does not stand for Greed over people, it stands for Greed, Obstruction, Prejudice.

    March 18, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Tony

    Republicans, remember history. 2012 came after 2010. If Republicans are banking on 2014 as a repeat of 2010, just remember what happened to them 2 years after 2010. History has a way of repeating itself.

    March 18, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. pokydoke

    I hope he is wrong, the only thing the Republicans offer is more welfare for the wealthy and heartache for the poor and middle class.

    March 18, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Mateo

    Ask any Republican candidate if they think the U.S. having the highest income inequality in the West is good or bad for the economy. Yes or No.

    March 18, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. timothy

    The GOP hasn't had a constructive idea for the country in 13 years. I wouldn't trust them to run a kindergarten unless they run GHW Bush and Bib Dole against Hillary Clinton. Today's Republicans are so weak it's laughable.

    March 18, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    CrankyMaddog

    GOP delusional rantings about a Senate takeover are founded in unfounded hopes they'll win in VA, NH, MI & won't lose in GA & KY.
    -------
    No... they'll win in ND, NC, AK, AR, LA, IA. They have a good shot at NH, CO. They have a 50-50 shot at MI, and an outside shot at MA (folks aren't all that happy with limp dishrag Markey here in MA).

    March 18, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. mcp123

    "Obama's arrogance + incopetence = votes for GOP."

    That's incompetence...and republicans have yet to actually be able to coherently explain what solutions their party has that are actually better than Obamas. The fact is they don't have any answers.. except NO. No we can't take care of our citizens... no we have no ideas to make actually improvements to peoples lives other than cut taxes for the richest.

    March 18, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Alex

    This guy is a drooly mouthed buffoon. A microcosm for the GOP.

    March 18, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    Tampa Tim
    Chris – I am tired of paying for republican wars, republican trickle down economics, tax cuts for the wealthy, tax breaks for big oil, tax breaks for big corporations, uninsured republicans who show up at emergency rooms, republican shut downs of government, republicans down grading our credit, republican witch hunts, republican obstruction, and their inane wars on women, seniors, poor, veterans, minorities, and American workers.

    March 18, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
    --------------------------------------------
    Amen Tim!!!

    March 18, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Yes It's Not

    I am all of a sudden reminded of "Dewey Defeats Truman!" lol. These predictions are hilarious.

    March 18, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. krivka

    He is "guessing"? He is really dreaming. His party has not done a single thing to win the votes of the young, the women, or any other voter other than their current base. It may happen anyway, because as Stalin said... "It doesn't matter who votes, it matters who counts the votes."

    March 18, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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