Memo: GOP Strength in 2014

RNC Communications

FROM: RNC Chief of Staff Mike Shields
TO: Interested Parties
RE: Republicans’ Position Strengthens

Republicans begin March in a position of strength for the midterm elections. Polls are increasingly favoring our candidates. We’re expanding a map that was already difficult for Democrats. And the RNC is both better funded and better prepared than the DNC to engage voters for the midterm elections.

It’s no wonder that Democrats have effectively given up on retaking the House and are beginning to look resigned to the fact that they will lose the Senate. But don’t take our word for it.

This week, USA Today ran a story with the headline “Senate Battleground Expands In GOP’s Favor,” andNational Journal said on Friday that Republicans were “In Command” of the Senate landscape. That’s not all:

·         Roll Call’s Stuart Rothenberg sees a “huge D problem.”

·         Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter warned it’s not a good year to be a Democrat.

·         NBC News’ Chuck Todd says Democrats are “running scared” from President Obama.

·         Even MSNBC’s Chris Matthews can’t cheerlead for liberals; he thinks Democrats could lose 10
seats in the Senate.

Why are reporters and liberal pundits alike sounding the alarm? They can read the polls, the map, and the overall political climate.

Democrat Senate candidates are running in the low 40’s in Michigan, West Virginia, South Dakota, Arkansas, Louisiana, Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, Alaska, and Montana. Republicans are also well positioned in New Hampshire, Virginia, Oregon, and Minnesota. That’s 14 states; Republicans only need to flip six to take the majority, and recent polls have Republicans currently leading in 8 of those races.

This is a dynamic not lost on political prognosticator Charlie Cook, who writes in National Journal this week:

“No matter how you look at it, the House seems out of reach. Today, Republicans appear a bit more likely to gain than to lose seats; it would take a cataclysmic event for Democrats to score the net gain of the 17 seats they need to take the majority … What’s changed is that Democrats’ chances of holding onto their majority in the Senate is looking increasingly tenuous. There are now at least 10, and potentially as many as 13, Democratic-held seats in jeopardy.”

In addition, Republicans lead in the generic ballot by three points, according to the most recent New York Times/CBS poll of registered voters. Even more alarming for Democrats, a new Washington Post poll found that, “in the 34 states with Senate races, 50 percent of voters say they favor Republicans and 42 percent favor Democrats.”

President Obama’s low approval rating signals bad news for Democrats as well. Or as National Journal’sAlex Roarty put it, “Obama is at 41 percent approval for NYT/CBS poll. Which should scare the bejeesus out of Dems running in ’14.”

And in Connecticut, where the president is campaigning today, Quinnipiac finds his job approval rating underwater six points (45/51), and the incumbent Democrat governor is polling at 42 percent. President Obama won the Nutmeg State by 18 points in 2012. That’s a dramatic reversal of fortunes for Democrats.

It’s important to recall that on the day Republicans made historic gains in 2010, Obama’s average approval rating was underwater by less than 4 points (45.6/49.4). He’s polling much worse now – underwater by 10 points according to the NYT/CBS poll – with no immediate opportunity to reverse the trend.

As Democrats’ prospects deteriorate, the DNC can offer precious little help. The RNC has outraised the DNC for the cycle thus far—$88.4 million to $71.4 million. The RNC is debt free, while the DNC has $15.9 million of debt. As former DNC Chair Howard Dean said, the DNC “can’t be a force” until its millions in debt are paid off.

Since early last year, the RNC has been building up its permanent, precinct-based field operation, investing in a massive digital and data upgrade, as well as deploying staff and recruiting volunteers across the country earlier than ever before.

That infrastructure—combined with voters’ frustration with Democrats, the president, and their signature policies—points to Republican victories in November.


RPOF: Republicans United for 2014

Desk Of Chairman Curry
Broward County Young Republicans,
Last weekend, the Republican Party of Florida met in Orlando to elect the leaders and officers that will lead us through the 2014 Election Cycle.  I was honored to be re-elected as chairman.
But an even greater honor for me is the chance to work with what Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater recently called Florida’s “All-Star Team.”  He was referring to the Florida cabinet, which is entirely Republican, as well as Senator Marco Rubio, our GOP congressional delegation, and the men and women serving in elected posts throughout the state.
Florida's All-Star Team
Unified for 2014: CFO Atwater, Chairman Curry, Governor Scott, Commissioner Putnam


This weekend, that team spirit was on full display.  In addition to CFO Atwater’s comments, Governor Rick Scott praised the work of his fellow cabinet members and invited them to share the stage with him:

“I just want to tell you, these two individuals, along with Pam Bondi, they represent your state well. They represent your principles, they believe in the American dream, they believe in limited government. We have cabinet meetings every two or three weeks, if you look at how they vote, they do the right things. The CFO has been a great partner in wether its been dealings with PIP, or dealing with getting the rating agencies, or transparency in government. The Ag. Commissioner is very committed to making sure we continue to be a state where our Agriculture Community does extremely well. ”

Commissioner Putnam perhaps summed it up best:
“First of all I want to thank the Governor. There is a team spirt, this is one team, one jersey. The legislature, the cabinet, the Governor, the congressional delegation, Marco Rubio… and Florida is a shining example of what happens when you work together as a team to bring solutions to the American people, and that’s what they are looking for. That’s why people are so frustrated with the absence of solutions in Washington, and putting another bandaid on the same problem that everybody’s known about. In Florida we are not afraid to confront the challenges, we’re not afraid to be innovative, we’re not afraid to propose the bold solutions… and it doesn’t happen without the team, and we don’t get the opportunity to serve without our teammates. “


It’s clear that despite a rough 2012 cycle, there is a sense of renewed optimism as we head into the 2013-2014 election cycle, and it’s shared by your Republican elected officials who are starting to see positive results from the changes put into place by Governor Rick Scott, the legislature and our Florida cabinet.
I am excited for the opportunity to work with these great leaders for the next several years.



Lenny Curry
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