GOP Takes a Page Out of Democrats’ Senate Playbook

Republicans are trying to expand the playing field, but will they have the money?

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AP / Charles Dharapak

Ed Gillespie, seen here on the Romney campaign in 2012, recently announced he'll run for Senate in Virginia, a recruiting coup for Republicans.

Pundits have been predicting for the last two election cycles that Republicans would take control of the Senate. After all, Democrats had to defend 19 seats in 2010 and 23 seats in 2012. And yet each time Republicans fell short, weakened by bloody tea party primaries and anemic candidate recruitment. This year, Republicans are hoping to finally capture the upper chamber: Democrats are defending 21 seats, seven in states that President Barack Obama lost in 2012. And to ensure a win, the GOP is taking a page from its erstwhile rivals.

In 2006 and again in 2008, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, under the stewardship of New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, expanded the Democratic playing field into red and purple states through savvy candidate recruitment. Democrats scored surprising wins in states like Missouri and Montana. Schumer’s freshman class of 2008 is now up for reelection, while Democrats in Alaska, North Carolina and Minnesota must defend their seats.

In recent months, Republicans have adopted Schumer’s playbook, expanding the playing field beyond a handful of swing states. The GOP has recruited solid candidates in Michigan and Virginia, and if Scott Brown jumps into the race, Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen could face a tough challenge in New Hampshire. “Thanks to a strong field of candidates, a growing map that has expanded into purple and blue states, and a strong political environment, Republicans are well positioned to win the Senate majority in 2014,” says Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which works to elect Republicans to the Senate.

“It worked for Democrats pretty well in 2006,” says Jennifer Duffy, who tracks senate races for the Cook Political Report. “It’s far from bring a done deal, but Republicans are putting the piece on the board to take advantage of a favorable environment.”

Perhaps the biggest challenge to the GOP strategy is money. More races cost more money, money the party doesn’t currently have. Democrats outraised Republicans in 2006, $121.4 million to $88.8 million, and $162.7 million to $94.4 million in 2008. Thus far in the 2014 cycle, Democrats have raised $48.6 million to the GOP’s $32.6 million. In November alone, the last month available for fundraising figures, Democrats outraised Republicans $5.1 million to $3.2 million. “Republican contributors felt burned in 2012 and have been slow to open up their checkbooks,” says Stu Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report, which tracks congressional races.

That said, the election is nine months away, and ultimately there are other factors that will come into play, Rothenberg says. “It’s unlikely that Republicans  will fail to win back the Senate because of the lack of money,” he says. “The president’s standing in October and the fight to define the election are likely to be more important.”

And, unlike Democrats in 2006 and 2008, Republicans are also defending two vulnerable seats: Georgia and Kentucky. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s race in Kentucky is particularly expensive. McConnell has already spent more than $4 million fending off primary challengers and the general election promises to cost more than $10 million. Plus, the tea party challenges that hobbled GOP recruitment in the last two cycles remain a factor. Crowded fields and potential run-offs could hurt GOP chances in Alaska, North Carolina, Iowa and Georgia.

All of which means that 2014 isn’t the inverse of 2006—but it’s still shaping up to be Republicans’ last best chance to take back the Senate.

21 comments
readmore111
readmore111

The Republican have NOTHING to offer average Americans. Who besides the wealthy could support their debilitating agenda? 


small_axe
small_axe

The GOP can package and repackage all they want. Their message remains the same, "I've got mine, go F yourself". The only ones who don't see it are the severely brain addled like the poster below.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

What they should take out of the Democrats playbook is to play mean and hard. Cheat if necessary. They have to remember that Democrats play for keeps. Now they are placing liberal judges in place which would make it hard for this nation to recover short of civil war. Most likely the 2014 and 2016 elections will see rise of libertarian third party candidates to divide the conservative vote. It worked in Virginia, it will work again.

sacredh
sacredh

"All of which means that 2014 isn’t the inverse of 2006—but it’s still shaping up to be Republicans’ last best chance to take back the Senate."

In the last three election cycles, democrats have had to defend far more seats than the republicans in the senate. 2016 is just the reverse. If the GOP doesn't take the senate in 2014, they're sure not going to do it in 2016 when there's a presidential election and democratic turnout will be heavy. Throw in the very strong possibility that Hillary runs in 2016 and we could have a wave election.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

It would help if the GOP didn't have the general impression among moderates (the swing votes) of being raving lunatic fringe extremists in the first place.

All I can say that when the GOP decided to shut down government, and refused to pass a budget for four straight years because they didn't get what they wanted, well, their credibility is pretty well shot. 

This is like getting Steve Jobs to come out and work for Exxon after the Exxon Valdez spill.  It ain't gonna make Exxon's practices look any better, mostly because Stevie would be working FOR Exxon - not the other way around.  These candidates will be working for the GOP.  The GOP's agenda is abhorrent to the majority of Americans.  Therefore, the GOP has less chance of winning elections no matter who is running.

delight
delight

.........Mitch McConnell, ... COMMUNIST 

CONNECTION.....



READ HOW EASY FOR US TO BE SOLD OUT



Among Rob Portman supporters are Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and McConnell's Chinese born Father-in-law James Chao. James Chao is a very wealthy shipping magnate who operates for Communist China, shipping goods to the U.S. James Chao and his daughter Elaine Chao(McConnell's wife) are in fact, personal friends of the Chinese Communist Leader,so no doubt is Senator Mitch McConnell.Money, sweetheart trade deals,jobs outsourcing, bonuses to companies who shipped their business to China, Rob Portman working in concert with McConnell in Congress and later becoming Bush's Budget Director and Trade Advisor.  Elaine Chao being George Bush's longest serving cabinet member as his Labor Secretary, and "Lobbying" for trade with her friends in China- hiring former Mitch McConnell aides to work in the Department of Labor, while complaining about U.S. workers and praising Chinese workers. Rob Portman worked closely with China when he owned a machinery business that sold the Chinese made Equipment. What A glob of Fudge that smells too fishy to put Portman in the Senate. GOOGLE ....GOOGLE .....GOOGLE DOES NOT LIE........ PLEASE GOOGLE JAMES CHAO AND CHINA'S FAMILY DYNASTY RUPERT MERDOCH , GOOGLE ELAINE CHAO FATHER , JIANG ZEMIN / CHINESE LEADER ( BEHIND IRON CURTAIN ) AND JAMES CHAO SCHOOLMATES NOW THERE IS A THIRD POOR SWEET RUPERT HE CANNOT EVEN WALK STRAIGHT ANYMORE . .... AND THERE BOARD SEATS / PURCHASE / OWNERS FOX MEDIA / WALL STREET JOURNAL , DOW JONES  ETC. FOX-COMMUNIST MIDIA COMPANY ( SWEET RUPERT NEEDED SOME FINANCING FOR THAT CONGLOMERATE BRAIN WASHING MACHINE HE HAS PUT TOGETHER. , WE THOUGHT ZEMIN WAS ON HIS DEATH BED LAST WE HEARD FROM BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN , NOW HE HAS RAISED TO BE ON WALL STREET JOURNALS BOARD ........ CNN HAS ALREADY BEEN...BOUGHT ..AND PAID FOR / COMMUNIST RUN MEDIA COMPANIES AND THERE AFFILIATES .......BRAINWASHING ....... MONGERING HATE AND RACE MONGERING ... EVIL / COMMUNISM IS IN FULL STRENGTH .......ALIVE AND WELL ...... CHINA'S FAMILY DYNASTY ...    http://www.american-integrity.tumblr.com 


Oct 20, 2006 -- Mitch McConnell married Elaine Chao in 1993, he got more than a wife -- he got a river ... (Chao's father and Jiang were schoolmates in China.) ...



............. BRAINWASH .....................  DIVIDE AND CONQUER  --------DESTROY THEIR GOVERNMENT / DEMOCRACY ........................ -DIVIDE  DESTROY THEN CONQUER ..................... 


http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/26/world/asia/26murdoch.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0



http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/10/15079609-throwback-chinas-ex-president-flexes-power-broker-muscle-in-beijing?lite


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PLEASE E-MAIL AND PASS THIS FLIER TO  FAMILY FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WE CANNOT TRUST THE MEDIA

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delight
delight


HERITAGE FOUNDATION COMMUNIST CONNECTION ELAINE CHAO (McConnell's WIFE) 



HERITAGE FOUNDATION IS NOTHING BUT A FRONT  FOR COMMUNIST CHINA ,JIM DEMINT / DEMENTED the Tea Party Leader MUST HAVE COST THE COMMUNIST $$$$$ TO BUY THIS POWER BROKER TO LEAVE A UNITED STATES SENATE SEAT, WONDER HOW MUCH $$$$$  HE WAS PAID TO SELL OUT THE TEA PATRIOTS TO THE COMMUNIST . BOUGHT AND PAID FOR. WHERE DO YOU THINK THE MONEY / FINANCING FOR THIS COMMUNIST ORGANIZATION IS COMING FROM ?  ALSO ONE OF THEIR BIGGEST BENEFICIARY / PUPPET IS CUBAN COMMUNIST TED CRUZ. READ LINK BELOW.  OH WHAT MONEY CAN BUY !!!!! THE COMMUNIST INVESTMENT IN AMERICA  / THE DESTRUCTION OF AMERICA. BRAINWASH / DIVIDE , DESTROY THEIR GOVERNMENT / DEMOCRACY. CONTROL THEN CONQUER .   --------- WARNING ----- HERITAGE / COMMUNIST TROLLS ARE IN FULL GEAR. . .. . .. READ THEIR DISGUSTING COMMUNIST POST MONGERING HATE, RACE HATE, DIVIDE, HATE AND MORE HATE FOR AMERICA.



THE DISTINGUISH MADAM ELAINE CHAO  ( Mitch  McConnells Wife )   OF THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION AS THE COMMUNIST MEDIA INTRODUCES HER , LIKE WE ARE SUPPOSE TO KISS THE GROUND SHE WALKS ON .  THE ONLY DISTINGUISHING TRAITS IS SHE'S A COMMUNIST. 

IMPORTANT TO READ THIS LINK BELOW :  

http://www.wnd.com/2001/01/7851/


Few people are in greater demand in the corporate board room than Elaine Chao. / by proxy


delight
delight

READ ABOUT THEIR 31 YEAR OLD  PUNK  / PUPPET ( BOOK SMART BUT DUMB AND STUPID OTHERWISE / ARROGANCE )  LETS BE REAL THESE ARE NOT THE BRIGHTEST  CANDLES ON THE CAKE. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-the-shutdowns-enforcer-in-chief/2013/10/09/0b86d924-312d-11e3-89ae-16e186e117d8_story.html?hpid=z3



KOCH DENIES FINANCING HERITAGE WHICH IS TRUE  THEY DONATED A TOTAL OF  500 THOUSAND DOLLARS  TO HERITAGE FOUNDATION THAT IS BASICALLY JIM DEMENTEDS  WEEKLY PAY.  THEY WOULD NEED A LOT MORE MONEY THAN 80 MILLION THAT HERITAGE HAS  IN THE BANK, THAT BY THE WAY ALWAYS NEVER GETS DEPLETED ,  ONLY ANOTHER COUNTRY / COMMUNIST CHINA WOULD HAVE THIS KIND OF MONEY AND IGNORANCE.  TO  TRY TO OVERTHROW THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT .



10/16/13

DO NOT EVER UNDER ESTIMATE THE AMERICAN PEOPLES INTELLIGENCE  .  COMMUNIST,  COUP D'ETA / TRYING TO OVERTHROW OUR GOVERNMENT AND DESTROY THE DOLLOR  THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD BRAINWASH AMERICANS. 



TALK ABOUT STUPIDITY ALL THIS DARK MONEY / CORRUPTION . NOTHING MORE IDIOTIC THAN LEGALIZED CORRUPTION. 



. . .. . .. . .. . .. BRAINWASH . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .  DIVIDE AND CONQUER  --------DESTROY THEIR GOVERNMENT / DEMOCRACY . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . . -DIVIDE  DESTROY THEN CONQUER. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .




FIGURE THIS OUT A SUPPOSEDLY CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION / HERITAGE ACTION  / FOUNDATION BEING RUN BY A ZIONIST ?????? I TOLD EVERYONE FROM THE BEGINNING  THE COMMUNIST AND ZIONIST WERE IN CAHOOTS  TOGETHER.  READ LINK BELOW --------- JUST SAYING !!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/fashion/weddings/rachel-holt-michael-needham-weddings.html

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jmac
jmac

Imagine what a Republican Senate and House in 2014 would mean for the presidential race in 2016.


Who in today's America would want the House, Senate and Presidency controlled by Republicans?  Be careful what you wish for in 2014.   Hillary lurks!   

cent-fan
cent-fan

So the Republican "strong" candidates are RINO's according to the Tea Party base and they'll be busy spending money to defend themselves against attacks from the right and trying to prove they're conservative enough to shoot down existing programs and policies that are probably popular in the purple and blue states they're trying to win.  That'll work.


The Democrats won in conservative states by proving they were open minded enough to consider all solutions and they spent money coming from many sources, not just a few billionaires. 

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

'Tain't gonna happen. By the time August rolls around, Obamacare will be a positive development in too many lives to effectively run against. All the missteps that the Republicans are crowing about this month will be ancient history.

PersnicketyRph
PersnicketyRph

@delight Wake up, yourself. The imminent danger is not communitsm. It is Fascism, or corporate controlled gov't which is here and now using monopolies to write bills and tax the American citizenry. 

delight
delight

 YES YOU HAVE BEEN BRAINWASHED JUST LIKE THE PEOPLE OF COMMUNIST CHINA , NORTH KOREA ) CNN / CABLE NAZI NAZI NETWORKS / ZIONIST OWNED AND CONTROLLED ALSO ---- ABC NEWS-- AP / ASSOCIATED PRESS, TIME WARNER ETC. ZIONIST CONTROLLED ( TIME TO CHECK INTO DETOX. ) COMMUNIST CHINA CONTROLS FOX NETWORKS / 21st. CENTURY FOX , WALL STREET JOURNAL, DOW JONES ETC. BY PROXY. 


Bolthead
Bolthead

@jmac

Me...ME!

I would!

After Obamacare...who wouldn't?

HenryCrum
HenryCrum

@jmacLots and lots of us would wish that. Probably about 48% of the voters.

Bolthead
Bolthead

@PaulDirks

"...Obamacare will be a positive development in too many lives to effectively run against."

Nonsense.

You have it completely backwards.

75-80% of the American public was happy with their healthcare plans, doctors, and hospitals...and hoped to keep them.

President Obama and Congressional Democrats assured us all that we could....if we chose to...keep them.

He lied...they lied.

Obamacare spells disaster for Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.

jmac
jmac

@HenryCrum "Probably about 48% of the voters."   You've lost the presidency in the last 5 out of 6 tries (Gore won the popular vote against Bush), so you might want to rethink your numbers.  

tom.litton
tom.litton

@Bolthead 73-78% get to keep their healthcare plans, doctors, and hospitals.  By november they will have figured that out.

Meanwhile the 20% that weren't happy with them will have more affordable choices, so they should largely be happier.  By November they would have figured it out as well. 

LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

@BoltheadYou mean 75-80% of people who already had insurance, right? What are the stats on how happy the people WITHOUT insurance were with their plans, doctors, etc?