ICYMI: Why GOP is Bullish About 2014
Why GOP Is Bullish About 2014
Wall Street Journal
July 16, 2014
To say the Republican Party is bullish on its chances in 2014 would be an understatement.
President Barack Obama’s sinking approval ratings, higher enthusiasm among Republican voters, success in recruiting GOP candidates and strong fundraising are all reasons for optimism, the leaders of the GOP committees overseeing presidential, Senate, House, gubernatorial and state legislative races said Wednesday.
That GOP operatives think Republicans are going to win was not a surprise, but here are five things we learned at their press conference Wednesday:
– The RNC has recruited 16,630 leaders precinct leaders and dispatched 304 staffers in the field to try to mobilize 10 million “low propensity Republican voters” in November.
– Sixty-eight percent of the National Republican Congressional Campaign spending has been on offense, compared with 48% by the Democratic Campaign Congressional Committee, according to the NRCC.
– The president’s party has lost Senate seats in the second term during every mid-term election since 1906. George W. Bush lost six seats. Ronald Reagan lost eight seats. Since the 1950s, the opposition party has won an average of 6.6 Senate seats, which if it held true in 2014 would put the GOP in charge.
– The Republican Governors Association sees Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Maine Gov. Paul LePage as its most vulnerable incumbents. The RGA says it’s ready to spend $100 million in the last 100 days of the campaign.
– Matt Walter, executive director of the Republican State Legislative Committee, said: “We have an opportunity not only to exceed our all-time highs but but to get super majorities in a majority of legislative chambers across the country.”