Washington (CNN) - National Republicans will invest $1.2 million to run radio and television commercials in West Virginia over the next two weeks as the GOP tries to wrest control of the Senate seat out of Democratic hands.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee seeks to closely tie the Democratic nominee, Gov. Joe Manchin, to President Barack Obama, who is suffering from an approval rating that is below 50 percent. A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Friday shows that Obama's national approval rating is 42 percent.
Washington (CNN) – The National Republican Senatorial Committee updated its iPhone application to include a "Take Action" section, allowing users to capture every moment on the campaign trail and increase their chances of going viral.
During the 2006 midterm election season, then-Virginia Republican Sen. George Allen was captured on camera using the derogative term "Macaca" to describe the cameraperson. The video was placed on YouTube and quickly went viral, being viewed by millions. Allen did not win re-election and many blame that viral video.
Washington (CNN) - With six weeks to go until election day, the Democratic party faces a tough political climate, but they have more money in the bank than the GOP.
Late Monday the Republican National Committee released their August fundraising figures, hours after their counterpart, the Democratic National Committee, showed their cards.
The RNC says they brought in nearly $8 million last month, but spent just over $8.5 million. The RNC reports having nearly $4.7 million cash on hand, with a debt of nearly $1.2 million.
The amount raked in by the RNC is around $3 million less than the nearly $11 million the DNC brought in last month. The DNC says it has $13.4 million cash on hand as of the end of August, with $8.4 million in debt.
Washington (CNN) - As early as next week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee will "go on the offense," according to a senior Senate campaign strategist, laying out its path to victory in a number of Senate races – not claiming to be on the verge of a majority, but well on its way.
While the path to a majority just got a lot tougher last night with the defeat of Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware for the GOP nomination, this campaign strategist says "We're going to take our lumps after Delaware. But for all of the beltway narrative, we are winning in a lot of places."
Does that mean a majority? Maybe not, "but we're still going to win a bunch of seats."
(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.