(CNN) - Shortly after Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell had been projected as the winner over establishment candidate Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican Senate primary, the National Republican Senatorial Committee issued this statement:
"We congratulate Christine O'Donnell for her nomination this evening after a hard-fought primary campaign in Delaware." – Rob Jesmer, NRSC executive director
"Usually, there's a second sentence in statements like these," said CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby, in which the committee promises to campaign for the party's candidate.
"The NRSC statement appears as tepid as the Republican Governors Association's initial statement following Rick Scott's victory in Florida," said CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser.
Outsider Scott defeated party favorite Bill McCollum in August in Florida's gubernatorial primary.
(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee released a statement Tuesday night following Christine O'Donnell's victory in Delaware's GOP Senatorial primary.
“We congratulate Christine O’Donnell for her nomination this evening after a hard-fought primary campaign in Delaware," said NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer.
Washington (CNN) – The economy may be the top issue on the minds of Americans, but the first ad of this election cycle by the National Republican Senatorial Committee is all about health care. And the commercial is running on television in Kentucky, a state where the Republicans are trying to hold onto a seat currently held by the party.
The ad which attacks Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, the Democrats Senate nominee, came out Tuesday, the same day the Conway campaign released a commercial that suggests that Republican candidate Rand Paul's positions would make selling drugs and even prostitution legal.
"Whose horse is Jack Conway riding? When the U.S. Senate debated a government takeover of health care, Conway supported it," says the narrator in the NRSC ad. "When other states took the Obama health care law to court, Attorney General Jack Conway refused. When Obama and Pelosi cut hundreds of billions from Medicare, Conway still said yes. Big government running health care. Big cuts to Medicare. Jack Conway took their side. Jack Conway. He's not riding Kentucky's horse."
So does the placing of the NRSC's first independent expenditure ad in Kentucky mean that national Republicans are nervous that nominee Rand Paul, the Tea Party backed outsider who defeated establishment GOP candidate Trey Grayson in the primary, may not be able to keep the seat in party hands?
(CNN) - It hasn't been the best of summers for congressional Democrats and now Republicans are making an effort to remind voters just how difficult the last three months have been for the party in charge in Washington.
In a new Web video out Tuesday morning, the National Republican Senatorial Committee repeatedly flashes reports from a wide variety of cable news programs that report a rising unemployment rate, question the efficacy of the stimulus program, discuss the possibility of a double-dip recession, and show President Obama's sinking approval ratings.
The ad also takes digs at the president for embarking on a 10 day vacation in Martha's Vineyard and first lady Michelle Obama for visiting Spain on a lavish trip with her daughter earlier this year.
"So … How was YOUR summer?" the ad asks. "The Recovery Starts November 2nd."
Washington (CNN) - Republican Senate hopeful Joe Miller, who holds a razor thin advantage as Alaska prepares to tally absentee votes in the wake of Tuesday's primary, says he is now concerned the National Republican Senatorial Committee is "meddling" in the race.
"We are concerned, we've got, I think, some game play going on here with the National Republican Senatorial Committee meddling in our primary election," Miller said Thursday during an interview on Fox Business Network.
The NRSC dispatched Sean Cairncross, the committee's general counsel, to Alaska on Thursday at the request of incumbent Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
But the NRSC says that Miller will have the committee's support if he prevails.
"At the end of the day, it's the voters of Alaska who will have decided this race and the NRSC will wholeheartedly support whichever candidate is chosen as the Republican nominee. We have communicated that to both campaigns and we intend to keep this seat in Republican hands," NRSC communications director Brian Walsh said in an email to CNN.
With 100 percent of election night precincts now reporting, Miller holds a 1668 vote advantage over Murkowski, but absentee ballots, which a significant number of Alaskans use to vote, have yet to be counted.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee out-raised its GOP counterpart for the fifth time in six months, according to fundraising numbers released Friday by both campaign committees.
The DSCC raised $4.4 million in July, eking out a fundraising victory over the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which raised just over $4.1 million in the same period.
The DSCC has about $22.4 million cash on hand – $1.3 million more than the Republican committee.
The NRSC has been out-raised by the DSCC to the tune of nearly $6 million this election cycle. The Democrats have raised almost $78.4 million, while the Republicans have raised $72.5 million.
Washington (CNN) - The battle for control of the Senate is getting even more interesting, thanks to a move by the National Republican Senatorial Committee to reserve nearly $3 million to pay for television commercials to run in the closing days of this year's midterm election campaigns in California, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The NRSC confirms that nearly $2 million will be spent in California alone, where poll suggest the battle between three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, the GOP challenger, is nearly deadlocked.
"Barbara Boxer's partisan and ineffective record has finally caught up with her, and we believe this is the year California turns the corner on its economy by electing a new leader in the Senate. We're preparing to go on offense and ensure Carly Fiorina has the resources she needs to win in November," NRSC Communications Director Brian Walsh tells CNN.
Washington (CNN) – In the Senate campaign money race, Democrats have the advantage as the second quarter numbers come in.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reports it raised $7.1 million in the month of June, besting the National Republican Senatorial Committee who reports a $4.03 million haul over the same period.
The Democrats say they pulled in $15.25 million in the second quarter while their Republican counterparts did not report a quarterly figure. Both campaign committees have full coffers however as Republicans have $19.7 million cash on hand and the Democrats exceed them, reporting in excess of $21 million.