RNC chairman predicts 'tsunami-type election'
March 18th, 2014
01:43 PM ET
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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.[twitter-follow screen_name='politicalticker'][twitter-follow screen_name='psteinhausercnn']

"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. anotherGDlefty

    Reince Preibus
    Take out the vowels.
    He was born for the job.....

    March 18, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. mike johnson

    ... I may vote R ... but if I see Sarah Palin again out front then I will not

    March 18, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. wise guy

    He looks happy though, some jobs are more rewarding than others I guess.

    March 18, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Rosslaw

    Not a lot of people would think women would want the party of sharia-law like, non-medical procedures invented by republican politicians such as invasive ultrasounds, but maybe they do! And hey, who wouldn't want to go back to the 2008 economy based on the concept of unending war somewhere fought by no one that Priebus knows. When do you think Preibus is going to be coming out?

    March 18, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Jack Be Humble

    As long as moderates don't matter... the Republicans will sweep the electorate!

    Uh, wait. Never mind, moderates still vote.

    March 18, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. rla

    Whine on you angry disrespectful progressives– yes all those things are on view in your posts! Like the unions you over played your hand and and lost touch with America.. Your base is disgusting in its needs and the progressive dismantling of the greatest nation on earth is the sign of limited intellect. If you ever win an election in the next century I would be amazed

    March 18, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. AFvet

    How about a voter revolt? We the People refuse to vote for anyone of any party who has held an office at the local, state or federal level more than two years. And we keep doing that until all the career politicians are gone.

    March 18, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. sly

    Why would anyone vote for a Republican?

    Republican vote guarantees Bush-like record increases in government spending, and the deficit.
    Republican vote guarantees another foreign invasion, with thousands of our boys coming home in wood boxes.

    President Obama is the first US President in 25+ years to NOT start a war. I cannot think of one thing the Republicans have accomplished in the past 6 years. Not one thing.

    March 18, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. pkfops01

    So I guess my favorite TV shows will be interrupted with lame, negative, campaign ads.

    March 18, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. GetAClue

    Im not as much of a GOP fan as I am an anti-Democrat. Only because the Dems have moved so far to the socialist mindset that I am sick of the changes in this country. I hope the GOP wins enough seats to stop the Dems from passing any legislation they want. Maybe then we can all sit down and talk about the direction of this country. Globalization is NOT the route we should be on. It will fail.

    March 18, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Ali

    Why don't you predict next week's lottery numbers while you at. what a clown. Remember FOX Channel this time around in 2012, that Rmoney would win big. Well how did that turn out for you? i just saw Rmoney criticizing the President. I didn't vote for you in 2012, what changed?

    March 18, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. 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 |
  13. Lolo

    It sure will be, but not for the rethugs of the country.

    March 18, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. patw2100

    There will veto-proof GOP majorities in the Congress after November. America is on the road to surviving eight years of islamic socialism.

    March 18, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. deee510

    Is this a joke.? republicans haven't done anything positive.criticizing our president does not qualify these fools to run our country.they were so sure Romney would be president.how that prediction work out?

    March 18, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Miguel

    You know what would be great? Both parties loosing. If we could break this strangle hold these two corrupt old boys clubs have on our country we might actually have a hope of a prosperous future.

    March 18, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine


    Your right Mr chairman there is going to be a Great tsunami of dems and repubs that is going to change the course of this nation ! We are tired of paying for things we dont wont and your imorrale and racist leans . Atleast You dems will get to go off to Pinocchio land and rub your sore noses .
    projecting again? Keep thinking that the GOP won't lie like a buch of rugs to get your vote: in case you do get what you want, watch how fast they will break their promises the second they get in charge. they've done it before, they will do it again.

    March 18, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Yvonne Feitner

    I, for one, am definitely looking for a tsunami election in November with a with a long reach, strong pickup and a reach-back that will sweep ALL the Repugs back to wherever they crawled out of.

    March 18, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Calvin

    "Mitt Romney will sweep the 2012 presidential elections" – Repuplicans

    March 18, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. HenryMason

    What's this guy smoking? Guess self delusion is the way to go when all hope is lost.

    March 18, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Boo

    Wouldn't surprise me if he's right. There are alot of ignoramuses in this country.....

    March 18, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    Wishful thinking Rinse...Women and young people, and minorities are hip to your lies...Keep disenfranchising people and you are in for a big surprise!!

    March 18, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair


    Fair is Fair

    Nate Silver, the pollster dems love, tends to agree... and is on record as saying that the GOP is better than even money odds to take the Senate.


    Silver says it's still a tossup – not sure where you get the read that he agrees it's going to be a landslide.
    I didn't say Silver said it's going to be a landslide. I said that he says it's better than even money odds, meaning better than 50-50.

    March 18, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Realist

    Dems and Republicans, you are all sheep!

    March 18, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine


    There will veto-proof GOP majorities in the Congress after November. America is on the road to surviving eight years of islamic socialism.
    And it will be the GOP's responsibility to offer a viable alternative other than saying no. Since we know they cannot do that, what's next?

    March 18, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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