First on CNN: Republicans try to expand the midterm map, in new push
July 14th, 2014
08:19 AM ET
4 months ago

First on CNN: Republicans try to expand the midterm map, in new push

updated 9:45am ET

Washington (CNN) - With the midterm elections less than four months away and closing, the Republican National Committee is launching a new messaging campaign to highlight what it considers the GOP's favorable political landscape, as the party tries to expand the campaign map.

"With just over 100 days to go until the November midterm elections, the momentum is on the Republican side," declares the RNC, in a messaging email obtained by CNN.

As part of its efforts to expand the map, the RNC is announcing that its putting additional staff in Hawaii and Oregon, two blue states the GOP hopes to put in play this November. If the midterms turn into a wave election for the Republican party, similar to the 2010 contests, the RNC believes it has a shot at defeating Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and thanks to a divisive Democratic gubernatorial primary in Hawaii, the party committee thinks that seat may now be in play.

Each day this week, RNC will be putting out research narratives to tout what it describes as its "winning" messaging, and how that messaging is being implemented on the campaign trail. Monday's narrative is Obamacare, followed by Energy, the Economy, and Government mismanagement. Friday the RNC will look at what it calls "Obama is a drag on candidates," which looks at the President's poll numbers and policies.

"Ultimately, the Democrats' biggest liability is their leader. President Obama's popularity seems to hit new lows every week. The Democrats running for office-especially those running for re-election-are rubber stamps for his unpopular policies," says the RNC statement.

"What is this, the RNC’s 15th rebrand? The Republican Party’s problem has never been the number of press releases and staff – their problem continues to be their message and candidates," responds Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Michael Czin.

"As long as Republicans prioritize things like investigating debunked Benghazi conspiracy theories, suing the President and raising the specter of impeachment while not supporting key priorities to help the middle class like raising the minimum wage and equal pay – the American people will continue to reject their candidates and their party," Czin adds.

Complete Coverage: 2014 Midterm Elections

Democrats have a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party). But in the midterms, the party is defending 21 of the 36 seats up for grabs, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states. In the House, the Democrats need to pick up a challenging 17 Republican-held seats to win back the majority from the GOP.

When it comes to governors' races, the Republicans are defending 22 of the 36 seats up for grabs in November. And some of them are in states that Obama carried in both 2008 and 2012, such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Maine, Nevada and New Mexico. But Democrats also have some vulnerable seats to defend, in Arkansas, Colorado and Illinois. And they won't have cakewalks in Connecticut and Massachusetts

The smaller, more typical midterm electorate traditionally favors the Republican Party. That's because single women, and younger and minority voters, who are big supporters of Democrats in presidential election years, tend to cast ballots in smaller numbers in the midterms.


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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    As long as Republicans prioritize things like investigating debunked Benghazi conspiracy theories, suing the President and raising the specter of impeachment while not supporting key priorities to help the middle class ... – the American people will continue to reject their candidates and their party,"
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    Correct.
    This has got to be the longest running, most ridicuous soap-opera currently playing anywhere.
    Hard to drum up interest in recycled stupidity.

    July 14, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. ARMYCSM

    @Smith..."a block of Dem. voters that are not interested in mid-term elections." OK...try telling that to McDaniels down in Mississippi, buddy.

    July 14, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Linc

    Hopefully they will run ads with our hapless leader 24X7 until the election. Obama won twice so we will see if he if will lift or sink his colleagues in the midterms. I cannot fathom wanting more of what he has shown but you never know.

    July 14, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. just saying

    the american people have seen and heard enough democrat lies and deceit from obama all the way down. their total incompetence in running the government and now protecting and defending our borders is a total disaster for this country. voting for more of this democrat insanity is telling everybody you hate this country and want it to continue sliding downhill.

    July 14, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "As long as Republicans prioritize things like investigating debunked Benghazi conspiracy theories, suing the President and raising the specter of impeachment while not supporting key priorities to help the middle class ... – the American people will continue to reject their candidates and their party,"
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    Correct.
    This has got to be the longest running, most ridicuous soap-opera currently playing anywhere.
    Hard to drum up interest in recycled stupidity."
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    Indeed..."The Wrong and the Feckless."

    July 14, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. just asking

    ARMYCSM
    @Smith..."a block of Dem. voters that are not interested in mid-term elections." OK...try telling that to McDaniels down in Mississippi, buddy.
    --

    yes, we know. democrats are always up for committing fraud and messing with elections. it is why they fight voter ids so much.

    July 14, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Longtimer

    Rudy NYC

    Sniffit

    "It was talking about giving tax cuts to business owners that would create 15,000 jobs immediately. "

    It was talking about giving tax cuts to business owners that would create 15,000 wealthier business owners who pocket the new profits immediately.

    FIFY
    ==============================================================================
    The argument that says ax cuts create jobs is a Trojan Horse. The true purpose of the tax cuts is to reduce the taxes on wealthy until they pay nothing. Period. The job creation talking point is just an altruistic argument designed to deceive the sheep who are too uninspired to think for themselves and believe anything that they are told.
    _______________________
    40 years of GOP tax cuts for the rich prove the theory doesn't work. Bush had about the lowest job creation numbers, and those tax cuts for the rich blew a giant hole in the budget. It just goes to show, the GOP has one gun, and they just keep shootin' hoping to his something someday.

    July 14, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Longtimer

    just saying

    the american people have seen and heard enough democrat lies and deceit from obama all the way down. their total incompetence in running the government and now protecting and defending our borders is a total disaster for this country. voting for more of this democrat insanity is telling everybody you hate this country and want it to continue sliding downhill.
    ____________________________
    Yer tinfoil hat is a might tight, matey.

    July 14, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. kool aid man

    You mean the businesses that promise to create jobs, take the money and run, only to be forgiven when they don't meet the requirements of the deal? Gosh, if we could just start another war to go with the tax cuts just think of all the jobs, we should try this...... wait.

    July 14, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. sonny chapman

    Battle Strategy. Karl Rove was right. American Politics is WAR !!!

    July 14, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. don in albuquerque

    Apparently not everyone feels that Iraq was swinging success that you do. You want to talk anymore about lies and deceit and those who died because of them? Let me show you to the insanity room You should feel right at home there.

    July 14, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    the american people have seen and heard enough democrat lies and deceit from obama all the way down. their total incompetence in running the government and now protecting and defending our borders is a total disaster for this country. voting for more of this democrat insanity is telling everybody you hate this country and want it to continue sliding downhill.
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    Maybe so, but election results say otherwise. Obama won. Americans are more fed up with the overwhelming abundance of lies from Republicans. They've lied about everything from death panels to job creation.

    July 14, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Obama's Legacy: The Decimation of the Democrat Party

    If all of our red state brothers and sisters do their duty this November and throw out every single red state Democrat Senator, this country can finally begin its long climb back from the Lost Obama Years. Do not listen to anymore of the Democrats lies and fabrication. Do not forget all the lies they told you in 2012, especially the Liar of the Year, Obama.

    July 14, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. kool aid man

    So, our economy has been sliding down hill since he got here huh? You have a very unique view of success, yup, our economy, and outlook in general was so much better when American workers lost half the value of their 401k, your a rube son, and not a very bright one I might add.

    July 14, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. rs

    Sniffit

    "What are your health care accomplishments, GOP? Oh, yeah, you have none. Not even a plan, "

    Uh oh! You just triggered someone feeling the need to post Boehner's wishlist of vague ideological platitudes while calling it a "plan"!!! Quick...pre-emptive eye-roll with me!!!!
    ____________________________
    No worries! Their biggest plan to improve Americans' access to health care was to end the so-called "frivolous lawsuit". Mr. Boehner just took that one off of the table.

    July 14, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. rla

    The democrats are so out of touch and have damaged the economy and country so badly that only ideologues of their partyact like all is well... They are destroying the country I love are doing it intentionally!

    July 14, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. rs

    Obama's Legacy: The Decimation of the Democrat Party

    If all of our red state brothers and sisters do their duty this November and throw out every single red state Democrat Senator, this country can finally begin its long climb back from the Lost Obama Years. Do not listen to anymore of the Democrats lies and fabrication. Do not forget all the lies they told you in 2012, especially the Liar of the Year, Obama.
    ________________
    The only "loss" during the Obama years was the GOP's loss of having any accomplishment at all. The delusion is strong in this one.....

    July 14, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. kool aid man

    Things were ssoooo much better under w, we need to do what he did, invade other countries, get no bid contracts worth billions to the select businesses, and watch the money roll in, think of all the benefits, our army depleted, our stance on international stage, ruined, completely, our government broke but, hey record inequality, and your rights controlled by the uber rich, sounds like s plan huh.

    July 14, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. kool aid man

    Climb out of the Obama years, lmao, right cause George lifted us so high, if you only knew how you sound, just too funny!

    July 14, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. okfine

    Obama's Legacy: The Decimation of the Democrat Party
    If all of our red state brothers and sisters do their duty this November and throw out every single red state Democrat Senator, this country can finally begin its long climb back from the Lost Obama Years.
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    What planet do you live on? It's really no one's fault but your own if you don't have a 401K, a job, a house, healthcare because those of us that do are most definitely in a better position than in 2008. Go back to your pity party and your glass half empty – better yet, move to Kansas, I hear things are going just great there.

    July 14, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Longtimer wrote:

    The argument that says ax cuts create jobs is a Trojan Horse. The true purpose of the tax cuts is to reduce the taxes on wealthy until they pay nothing. Period. The job creation talking point is just an altruistic argument designed to deceive the sheep who are too uninspired to think for themselves and believe anything that they are told.
    _______________________
    40 years of GOP tax cuts for the rich prove the theory doesn't work. Bush had about the lowest job creation numbers, and those tax cuts for the rich blew a giant hole in the budget. It just goes to show, the GOP has one gun, and they just keep shootin' hoping to his something someday.
    ===========================================================================
    They're not trying to hit anything besides cutting taxes on the wealthy. The whole job creation argument is just smoke and mirrors, a Trojan Horse, to hide the real motive, which thanks to Reagan, has been a resounding success. It's why they put Reagan up on such a high pedestal.

    July 14, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Rogers

    Op-Ed Columnist
    Obamacare Fails to Fail

    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    July 13, 2014

    How many Americans know how health reform is going? For that matter, how many people in the news media are following the positive developments?

    I suspect that the answer to the first question is “Not many,” while the answer to the second is “Possibly even fewer,” for reasons I’ll get to later. And if I’m right, it’s a remarkable thing — an immense policy success is improving the lives of millions of Americans, but it’s largely slipping under the radar.

    How is that possible? Think relentless negativity without accountability. The Affordable Care Act has faced nonstop attacks from partisans and right-wing media, with mainstream news also tending to harp on the act’s troubles. Many of the attacks have involved predictions of disaster, none of which have come true. But absence of disaster doesn’t make a compelling headline, and the people who falsely predicted doom just keep coming back with dire new warnings.

    Consider, in particular, the impact of Obamacare on the number of Americans without health insurance. The initial debacle of the federal website produced much glee on the right and many negative reports from the mainstream press as well; at the beginning of 2014, many reports confidently asserted that first-year enrollments would fall far short of White House projections.

    July 14, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Pollopa

    You know the RNC might have a chance if they had just one new idea. Just one. Just being against your opponent seems enough for their base fans, but for the enough votes to bring about a major landslide I think not. Like most elections this will be a close one, so I will do my best to bring out my fellow dems and we'll see who wins. I'm certain that this country would have been positively much further along in every aspect if we had our dem party show up in 2010 to vote. I will do my best to make sure we're there in 2014 and every coming election. Will you? Govt can work if you want it to.

    July 14, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. luke,az

    Republicans are the new confederates, they won't see the inside of the White House for another 500 years.

    July 14, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Brian McKinsey

    "As long as Republicans prioritize things like investigating debunked Benghazi conspiracy theories, suing the President and raising the specter of impeachment while not supporting key priorities to help the middle class like raising the minimum wage and equal pay – the American people will continue to reject their candidates and their party," Czin adds.

    Yes. And continues to be the party of no, continues to criticize with no alternative, shut down the government and a,alienate Hispanics, African Americans,women and LBGT communities. They live in a bubble due to gerrymandering where they have the delusion that they represent the views of the majority, which (Thank God) they clearly do not.

    July 14, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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