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GOP Confident After Special Election Victories

The DCCC released a memo to staff touting their chances in other battlegrounds.

Ally Mutnick
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June 21, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

NR­CC Chair­man Steve Stivers (R-OH 15) “took a brief vic­tory lap … after lock­ing down the last of four House spe­cial elec­tions for his party. … ‘I’d love to see where their mo­mentum is at 0 and 4,’ Stivers said when asked what the race said about Demo­crats’ pro­spects of tak­ing the House in 2018. ‘They poured $33 mil­lion in­to this seat and came away short. That just goes to show you that when you spend $33 mil­lion but you talk about is­sues that the Amer­ic­an people don’t be­lieve, you can’t win.’” (Politico)

“In a nearly 1,600-word Wed­nes­day morn­ing memo” from DCCC Chair Ben Ray Lu­jan (D-NM 01) to DCCC “staff … the New Mex­ico con­gress­man shared polling con­duc­ted between late March and mid-June show­ing Demo­crats in po­s­i­tion to make gains in a hand­ful of com­pet­it­ive seats held by Re­pub­lic­ans. Ex­plain­ing that in some cases the poll­sters tested spe­cif­ic Demo­crat­ic chal­lengers against Re­pub­lic­an in­cum­bents, Lu­jan said “many in­cum­bents — who won with double di­gits last cycle — would be in the race of their ca­reers, in­clud­ing” Reps. Martha Mc­Sally (R-AZ 02), Bri­an Mast (R-FL 18), Kev­in Yo­der (R-KS 03), and Rod­ney Frel­inghuysen (R-NJ 11).

“Lu­jan also told staff that start­ing this week, seni­or aides and al­lies will be de­ployed in­to tar­get dis­tricts to ramp up can­did­ate re­cruit­ment, and that Lu­jan him­self is plan­ning trips to states in­clud­ing Maine, Kan­sas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Mis­souri.” (Politico)

LOOK­ING BACK. From former DCCC Chair Rahm Emanuel (D) and former White House policy ad­viser Bruce Reed: “So how can Demo­crats en­sure that 2018 de­liv­ers the suc­cess they failed to achieve in 2016? The stakes are too high to rely en­tirely on one side’s en­thu­si­asm or the oth­er side’s dis­en­chant­ment. … Demo­crats don’t just need to choose the right battles, they also need to choose cred­ible can­did­ates who can win them. Can­did­ate qual­ity may not make the dif­fer­ence in a place like Montana’s at-large dis­trict, where Greg Gi­an­forte won hand­ily just hours after as­sault­ing a re­port­er. Win­ning hotly con­tested swing seats, however, re­quires can­did­ates who closely match their dis­tricts—even if they don’t per­fectly align with the na­tion­al party’s act­iv­ist base.” (The At­lantic)

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