September 7th, 2010
07:56 PM ET
12 years ago

GOP to target more House Democrats

Washington (CNN) - National Republicans are expanding the number of House Democrats they'll target with television commercials over the next eight weeks leading up to the midterm elections.

A GOP source confirms to CNN that the National Republican Congressional Committee is going to expand its playing field by going up with ads in four more districts held by Democrats. That's in addition to the 41 Democratic seats already being targeted. The four new seats are in Arizona's first and fifth congressional districts, Oregon's fifth district and Pennsylvania's eighth district, all once considered safe for the Democrats.

The source, a GOP strategist familiar with the efforts, also confirms that the NRCC will spend just over $2 million in the four districts; in addition to the more than $22 million previously allocated to the 41 other seats.

"Expect Republicans to continue to capitalize on emerging opportunities as the playing field expands. The poll numbers are getting worse for Democrats by the day, and as a result the chorus of forsaken Democrat incumbents cursing the DCCC's name will only continue to grow louder," the strategist told CNN.

The move comes as two well respected non-partisan handicappers Thursday expanded the number of House seats they forecast the Republicans may capture in the November elections. The Cook Political report put out a new prediction pointing towards GOP gains in the chamber of at least 40 seats, up from their most recent forecast of up to 35 seats. The Rothenberg Political Report upped their forecast to likely GOP gains from 37 to 42 seats in the chamber, up from 28 to 33 seats. The Republicans need a net gain of 39 seats to take back control of the House.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democrat's counterpart to the NRCC, quickly reacted to word of the new NRCC push.

"Stuck with a bunch of seriously flawed candidates who want to privatize Social Security, dismantle Medicare, outsource American jobs overseas, and return us to the failed Bush economic agenda, it's no wonder the NRCC is rushing to launch more false attacks. The fact remains, given its limited resources, the NRCC is now stuck having to make tough decisions about which of their many candidates with anemic fundraising have disqualified themselves as viable candidates and have to be abandoned," said DCCC Spokesman Ryan Rudominer.

As of the end of July, the DCCC had $35.8 million in the bank, nearly $14 million more than the NRCC.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Papasan in AZ

    Fascism has come to America wrapped in the U.S. flag and carrying a cross...
    What the Fascists fear most of all is intelligence.
    Stay stupid America, the GOP loves you that way.

    September 7, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. they call me "tater salad"

    See folks?..........Proof positive that the party of Giant Orifice Pimples is only focused on winning elections and regaining power again, they want so badly to get back to riding the gravy train they had under good ol' George "Dub Yeah"...........Just look at all the time money and effort their putting into this farce!!!! Why can't they put that much energy into helping fix this country RIGHT NOW????? What's the matter boy's,can't win an election on MERIT and ACCOMPLISHMENT??? The way these clowns talk you would think they have this "magic pill" thats going to fix everything as soon as November if you brain-dead sheep vote for them! Sorry, not buying it boy's..........Better luck next time......You guy's got nothing period!!!!!

    September 7, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Wow – I didn't realize hate, fear, and blatant lies cost so much.

    September 7, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    There are 435 House Seats. Target them all.

    September 7, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. CNN best political team?????

    I see the generic Gallup polls swing back in favor of the Democrats, but no headlines on CNN. Middle class people are not fooled by the Republicans and their Tea Party. Here's the question for the voters. Who is the leader of the Republican Tea Party? What is the Republican Tea Party plan for middle class americans? The answers, is the Republican Tea Party is untested, extreme and is a risk.

    September 7, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  6. Reggie from LA

    They can go after "Blue Dogs" 24/7 as far as most are concerned. Democrats don't need them and Republicans just want their seats. As a matter of fact, all they want to do is occupy seats. See folks, they don't have to accomplish Jack. They get money from lobbyists, placate the rich who in turn, buy them some voters. Well they have to gen' up some rhetoric too. They have some apps for that. You know who they are. LOL! Imagine that. Yes, the wealthy and wicked go 'round buying people, wholesale. Sad commentary, but capitalist...I mean true. All about winning. Very few gestures for nation building.

    September 7, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    I wish the rethugs would make up their minds. You are a bunch of hypocrites and liars and cheaters.
    You have done absolutely NOTHING in the last 18 months except to stand in the way of progress for the country unless it was, of course, for your rich buddies and the corporations that give you money.
    This is what the small business tax cuts were under the shrub in 2002; 2003 50% now 100% – that stupid arse mcconnell calls it with skepticism. but it's been their mantra for almost 10 years.
    So the President is making it better and you don't like it. You have any other thougths besides the same old bs and nothing to add?

    September 7, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. barry

    It doesn't matter that the Democrats are the party of the rich. The American people are tired of the bad policies rammed through, the Obama recession, and the bloated deficit from the recovery summer wasted stimulus. Time to send the children on their way and let the adults clean up Obowow's Grand Socialist Experience Gone Awry. Can't wait till November. Oh and please keep blaming Bush. It helps us more.

    September 7, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |