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

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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. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    The GOP HAS PROVEN over the LAST SIX YEARS that because of THEIR OBSTRUCTION of ANYTHING that could help the American people they are TRUELY UNFIT to be RELECTED to ANY goverment office!!! I CANT WAIT to vote AGAINEST EVERY REPUBLICAN ON THE BALLOT in Florida AND nationally !!!!!!!!!!

    July 14, 2014 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. kool aid man

    I'll say it now, your gop is in for a rude awakening, IMO, they can't tout one accomplishment in nearly six years, always an excuse as to why they can't pass legislation on issues the vast majority wants work on . They have spent money convincing people fox news is credible, why no credible journalists then, they wouldn't be caught dead on that show if you take your career seriously. Truly is sad that people, my sister as well, believe their nonsense, without so much as checking their facts that's really all it took for me, yes, I used to watch fix news then realised they more than stretch the truth a little, most their articles are full of lies, I wanted the truth, and that is precisely why I don't believe a word they say anymore. Just because I don't particularly like a black man as president, doesn't alter my perception of reality, and can turn a blind eye to them assualting our rights and constitution, one issue after another, were losing a little freedom day by day, ruling by ruling, bill by bill. Are people so pathetic they vote because they share the same prejudices, ignoring the facts that your life will continue to get worse when all your party does is work for the rich?

    July 14, 2014 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Most dictators about to fall probably feel the same way. Oops!
    The county and state level elections are as important because these are the people we send to make sense of what the teaklans are doing and get rid of them.

    July 14, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Keep WISHING GOP because your going to get the opposit of what your hopping for in November , THE BEATDOWN of your life with a lot of CANTORS. The GOP has NOTHING to offer the American people but more SHUTDOWNS , OBSTRUCTION and INCOMPETENCE !!!!!!!!!! And TAXCUTS for big business like their latest 275 BILLION TAX CUT BEFOR the election. The GOP continues to be the party of STUPID!!!!!

    July 14, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    The best counter argument by Democrats would to point out how miserable that the people's lives are in the states that Republicans do control. Look at how Republicans try to make it difficult for some people to vote. Look at how Republicans try to control your personal life. Look at how Republicans try to homogenize your religious beliefs.

    Look at how similar conservative policies and ideologies are to the oppressions of the English aristocracy that the country's founders sought to escape.

    July 14, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Tea party is hanging on GOP neck. result Their voices is loud but no expansion

    July 14, 2014 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. TomInRochNY

    Is this the same Karl Rove like election night landslide for Romney prediction?

    July 14, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. smith

    The last paragraph hits the nail on the head. There is a block of Dem. voters that are not interested in mid-term elections. This is due to a basic lack of understanding of how are goverment functions. Senators, Reps, Governors, and etc are just as important as the potus. We live in a democracy not a dictatorship.

    July 14, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. g

    owned and operated by America,s ruling families

    July 14, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. rs

    I can't wait. What will their bumper sticker slogan be? "Elect us, we'll do nothing"? Maybe "Even more unfunded tax cuts for the rich"? How about "we see conspiracy EVERYWHERE"?

    The GOP perpetrated the 8 worst years in American history under President G.W. Bush, and they have followed that up with nearly 7 years of psychotic obstruction and a complete lack of coherent policy. Where they have acted- they have stripped women of voting rights, reproductive rights and healthcare, and they have made full-on assaults on civil and voting rights generally- this is a party only fools would vote for even if they had viable candidates.

    July 14, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Sence the GOP is AGAINEST EVERYTHING the American people ARE FOR , good luck with that!!! My prediction IS , the GOP is going to get SLAUGHTERED in November !!!!!

    July 14, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I saw one this morning. Completely misleading to anyone that doesn't know better. It was talking about giving tax cuts to business owners that would create 15,000 jobs immediately. Why haven't they created the 15,000 jobs since they've been enjoying tax breaks for years? And no mention at all of it being a GOPT ad.

    This is exactly how they got rid of AA a few years ago in MI. It was a midterm election and they made the wording very misunderstanding and many people thought they were voting for AA but were actually voting against it. It's a shame in 2014 that I'm the only black in the offices of my company which has close to 1,000 employees. Did I mention all janitors are black? It's like legalized $!@very all over again.

    July 14, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  13. rs

    Good luck with attacking the ACA, GOPpers. Maybe you failed to notice, but even Republicans who signed up for health care insurance approve of the program to the tune of 74%. The sane members of society like it even more.

    What are your health care accomplishments, GOP? Oh, yeah, you have none. Not even a plan, 4 years after the ACA.I suppose you can point to the 47,000 Americans who died in Red states where you prevented Medicaid expansion. That's a "winning message"!

    July 14, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Gurgyl

    -I don't care whether democrat or republican, worry about USA first. Every willy Nelly entering and getting GREEN CARDS, BE IT IT OR DOCTOR, SEND THEM HOME. They are robbing our SS, Medicare benefits–sending dollars to India. Watch out this nonsense. Nonprofit organizations are looting tax money, cheating. Be alert.

    July 14, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Bill from GA

    Here in Georgia, the repubs are destroying each other in their runoff campaigns. It's hilarious! In the Senate campaign, the goal seems to convince voters that the opponent is less conservative. That's all that seems to matter.

    Surely, as soon as the victor is decided, they will kiss, hug and vow their support against the Dem. They hold the primary so early hoping the brain-dead repubs will forget all the trash talk against fellow repubs by November.

    July 14, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Sniffit

    Shroom koolaid. Seriously, this stuff sounds more like they're trying to convince themselves than trying to convince new converts to their party. Pretty much no different than every single tinfoil hatted thing I've ever heard come out of Catellanos' mouth or pen. Wishthink and daily affirmations and all about the politics of destruction and obstruction...tearing things down and preventing anyone out there from doing anything...never anything about pro-active solutions and getting things done.

    July 14, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "There is a block of Dem. voters that are not interested in mid-term elections."

    Very much indeed.

    "This is due to a basic lack of understanding of how are goverment functions"

    Not so much.

    "I can't wait. What will their bumper sticker slogan be? "Elect us, we'll do nothing"? Maybe "Even more unfunded tax cuts for the rich"? How about "we see conspiracy EVERYWHERE"?"

    Or maybe "Did we mention he's black?"

    July 14, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    smith

    The last paragraph hits the nail on the head. There is a block of Dem. voters that are not interested in mid-term elections. This is due to a basic lack of understanding of how are goverment functions. Senators, Reps, Governors, and etc are just as important as the potus. We live in a democracy not a dictatorship.
    -------------------------------
    Maybe they understand it far better than what you give them credit for. Maybe the ones who vote in off years believe that the executive branch is not what is most important when it comes to leadership. Maybe the ones who do not vote understand that government only works for the special interests, so why bother voting.

    BTW, We live in a plutocracy, not a democracy.

    July 14, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. 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!!!!

    July 14, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. Rockymtnrebl

    The momentum they have built is completely void of American honor and decency.
    Lose OR win, I'll remind them daily until I die.

    July 14, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Sniffit

    "S.B.Stein, I knew all you liberals want the country to go back and ride bicycles, or walk, forget about horses they are outlawed in NYC"

    Fixing roads and bridges and building new ones makes gas consumption much more efficient, champ. It also reduces wear and tear on vehicles and reduces costs for shipping businesses and those that rely on them...trucking, FedEx, post office, etc., but also end users like grocery stores and retail. Fact is, building the economy from the ground up starts, quite literally, on the ground and it will have pervasive benefits for almost every sector.

    Conversely, giving some rich punk a giant tax cut that he considers to be nothing more than an increase in his take-home profit does nothing of the sort. It is known.

    July 14, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. 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 🙂

    July 14, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Sniffit says:
    July 14, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am
    “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 🙂

    Exactly! Completely misleading to people that don't know better.

    July 14, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. 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.

    July 14, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Longtimer

    "Take America Back"- to 1850.
    That's a snazzy slogan if ever there was. To bad for the GOP there is no one from that time period to vote for them.

    July 14, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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