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Expanded map boosts GOP confidence
The Hill ^ | Jan 19, 2014 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 01/19/2014 4:16:10 PM PST by Innovative

In order to flip the six seats they need to win back control, Republicans now believe they have widened the map to nearly a dozen competitive contests — a marked jump from earlier this year.

But while Republicans are feeling increasingly optimistic, they are stopping short of bold public predictions, remembering the dashed expectations of recent election cycles in which Tea Party candidates torpedoed their chances.

...McConnell faces a challenger backed by the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Madison Project.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; 2016; 2016elections; congress; goppickups; senate
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I hope Republicans/conservatives won't insist on snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory -- right now some seem to be more interested in defeating incumbent Republicans than defeating Democrats...
1 posted on 01/19/2014 4:16:10 PM PST by Innovative
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To: Innovative

Tell your masters that I will not vote for any candidate supporting Amnesty or going along with Obama in driving the country over the cliff in general. Regards.


2 posted on 01/19/2014 4:20:34 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Innovative

I hope that conservatives decide to vote.


3 posted on 01/19/2014 4:21:15 PM PST by HChampagne
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To: jwalsh07

Boehner’s agenda is Obama’s agenda: Amnesty


4 posted on 01/19/2014 4:22:06 PM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: Innovative
Yep. I have a close friend who is my Congressman who is backing immigration and has done nothing in Congress.

I told him I am backing who ever is running against him and all he is there is a yes man to the GOP elite

5 posted on 01/19/2014 4:22:18 PM PST by scooby321
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To: Innovative

Two years of Caliph Baraq and a Republican controlled House and Senate might be fun to watch. I guarantee he will get snotty, LOL.


6 posted on 01/19/2014 4:24:35 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Innovative
...remembering the dashed expectations of recent election cycles in which the national party's refusal unite behind Tea Party candidates who had won GOP primaries torpedoed their chances.

There, fixed that.

7 posted on 01/19/2014 4:26:04 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: Innovative

Wait till the GOP passes amnesty.
That expanded map won’t mean crap when tens of millions of conservatives stay home.


8 posted on 01/19/2014 4:27:30 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: HChampagne

Not if the GOP passes amnesty. In fact, that will be the end of the GOP.


9 posted on 01/19/2014 4:28:42 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: Innovative
I hope Republicans/conservatives won't insist on snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory -- right now some seem to be more interested in defeating incumbent Republicans than defeating Democrats...

The GOP-e seemed more interested in defeating Cuch in VA.

Won't forget it.

10 posted on 01/19/2014 4:31:29 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: Innovative

“Right now” it’s primary season.
There aren’t any chances to fight Democrat socialists!

Let’s hope the establishment offers some acceptable candidates to the voters.


11 posted on 01/19/2014 4:33:46 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: The_Reader_David

The MSM is a big factor in Senate races, because there are only 33, and many of those are not competitive to begin with.

Many of these Tea Party Senate candidates were not prepared for the kind of onslaught the MSM can deliver, and via poorly delivered statements, actually supplied the ammo for Democrat campaign adverts. That was never shown so well as in Indiana where Murdoch ran 10 points BEHIND lame Romney.

It’s very disappointing to see them not prepped to deal with issues that are talked about on Limbaugh and FR every day.


12 posted on 01/19/2014 4:34:20 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Innovative

Ditch Mitch.


13 posted on 01/19/2014 4:37:41 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

The GOPe is working overtime to lose this election


14 posted on 01/19/2014 4:39:26 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL
Is the US Senate better off w/o Mitch?

The answer to that question governs.

15 posted on 01/19/2014 4:40:20 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Yes it is.


16 posted on 01/19/2014 4:41:38 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Innovative

The GOP continues to attack their base. It’s a wash.


17 posted on 01/19/2014 4:43:30 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Innovative

You betcha! We’re going to run RINOs off wherever we can.

Hopefully, starting with McConnell.


18 posted on 01/19/2014 5:05:10 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Innovative
"..recent election cycles in which Tea Party candidates torpedoed their chances. "

Deep BS.

19 posted on 01/19/2014 5:05:49 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: All

Huckabee just said on his show that he is endorsing Mitch McConnell.


20 posted on 01/19/2014 5:09:36 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: GeronL; Paladin2

I guess you both like Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader — you are right, much better than having a Republican majority in the Senate with Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader, yes, absolutely.


21 posted on 01/19/2014 5:14:19 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Paladin2; GeronL

I, I, I am better off without McConnell in the senate, thwarting my guys efforts at every turn, supporting my guys challengers every election, openly slandering Tea Party affiliated organizations every chance he gets.

Yes, even if McConnell falls to a Democrat, the message is sent to the surviving Establishment that we’re coming after them.

Primaries will be done away with next. We must fight while we can while they last.


22 posted on 01/19/2014 5:14:59 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Innovative

Huck who?


23 posted on 01/19/2014 5:16:32 PM PST by Forrestfire (Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Innovative

If the House Leadership brings an immigration vote to the floor, it’s the end of the party, doesn’t matter what the map says.


24 posted on 01/19/2014 5:17:32 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das is nicht richtig nur falsch. Das ist nicht einmal falsch.)
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To: HChampagne
I hope that conservatives decide to vote.

I hope that conservative candidates run who are worthy of conservative votes.

25 posted on 01/19/2014 5:18:40 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Innovative

Wanting McConnell replaced by a conservative is not bad for anyone


26 posted on 01/19/2014 5:21:21 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Innovative; Paladin2; tennmountainman

Now you’re catching on. Endless compromise has killed our Republic. We are out of time. You better hope this works and inform your RINO supporting pals. Rebellion can look a hell of a lot worse than this if it doesn’t.


27 posted on 01/19/2014 5:21:43 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Forrestfire; RitaOK; Paladin2; GeronL

Mike Huckabee wants to outlaw the word ‘RINO’ in the name of GOP unity

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2014/jan/15/mike-huckabee-wants-outlaw-word-rino-name-gop-unit/

““What’s the Republican Party’s biggest obstacle in this year’s elections? Republicans! With Benghazi, Obamacare, NSA spying, al Qaeda and the still-staggering economy, 2014 should be a record year for the GOP. But they risk disaster if they let the primaries be hijacked by ad campaigns by groups that don’t target Democrats, but fellow Republicans who aren’t ‘pure’ enough,” Mr. Huckabee declared on his Facebook page, and in several other spots.”


28 posted on 01/19/2014 5:22:20 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

I like Senate Majority Ted Cruz or Mike Lee better.


29 posted on 01/19/2014 5:22:32 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: RitaOK

Aye, Aye,.....


30 posted on 01/19/2014 5:23:10 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Innovative

The Huckster needs to call the waaaahhhmbulance


31 posted on 01/19/2014 5:23:13 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: RitaOK

Our persistent trouble is that KY people think McC is “conservative”.


32 posted on 01/19/2014 5:23:28 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans can't wait until March 4 to nominate Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Innovative

So? What is Mike Huckabee to us?


33 posted on 01/19/2014 5:25:13 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Innovative

What’s Huckabee and why is what he thinks important?


34 posted on 01/19/2014 5:25:18 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Innovative
McConnell is NOT a leader.

He needs to go, as an encouragement for the others.

35 posted on 01/19/2014 5:25:31 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: GeronL

“I like Senate Majority Ted Cruz or Mike Lee better.”

Yes, and I’d like to win the lottery — I probably have a better chance for than what you are dreaming about. And in the meantime you are enabling the Dems to destroy the country.


36 posted on 01/19/2014 5:25:55 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

The GOPe has lost the base over the last 10 years. And rightfully so.


37 posted on 01/19/2014 5:27:27 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Rome2000; RitaOK

Many here used to consider Huckabee conservative and voted for him in the primary, so now all of a sudden, when he is making sense, he is nobody?


38 posted on 01/19/2014 5:28:24 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Will they promise to pursue impeachment and criminal prosecution?


39 posted on 01/19/2014 5:28:35 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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To: Innovative; KC_Lion

I don’t divide them by R or D anymore. Party labels are meaningless to this independent conservative. They act like two wings of the same party, I refuse to play that fantasy game.

I divide them by Conservative and Not Conservative.

McConnell hates conservatives with a passion he would never hate his Democrats colleagues.

Yes, I want McConnell to lose like I want the vast majority in Congress to be replaced.


40 posted on 01/19/2014 5:29:15 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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even if McConnell falls to a Democrat, the message is sent to the surviving Establishment that we’re coming after them.

Yeah because the message got broadcast so well when we traded Lugar for Obama Joe.

41 posted on 01/19/2014 5:29:59 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Innovative

How is he making sense?

We shouldn’t care about Republicrats who have declared war on conservatism (McConnell) and we should vote for them anyway?

Hell no. They are my enemies by their own words and deeds.

I have no intention of supporting or voting for that.


42 posted on 01/19/2014 5:30:49 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Theodore R.

Thx.

Kentucky is ripe for going blue if they think McConnell is “conservative, huh?

Rand Paul better straighten them out after McConnell falls. (I know Rand supports McConnell now, for his own purposes, but he can learn too.)

RINOS are slow learners and we’re out of time.


43 posted on 01/19/2014 5:32:31 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Innovative

Hes obviously a nobody, he just endorsed Mitch Mcconnell

Ive seen dead guys in a coffin at a wake more animated and in charge than good OLD Mitch!


44 posted on 01/19/2014 5:34:06 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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“.....remembering the dashed expectations of recent election cycles in which TEA Party candidates torpedoed their chances.”

What? TEA Party candidates saved the GOP’s sorry butt in 2010.


45 posted on 01/19/2014 5:35:43 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (The Second Amendment makes all the other amendments possible)
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To: Innovative

You’re coming right along. Huckabee is has been a squish for years.


46 posted on 01/19/2014 5:36:32 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Innovative

The incumbent Republicans are no better than the Rats. Vote them all out.


47 posted on 01/19/2014 5:36:42 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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I guess you both like Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader — you are right, much better than having a Republican majority in the Senate with Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader, yes, absolutely.

No difference. Period.

48 posted on 01/19/2014 5:38:24 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: FredZarguna

Exactly.


49 posted on 01/19/2014 5:44:40 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: nascarnation

Murdouck didn’t lose because he was the TEA Party candidate. He lost for the same reason Todd Aiken lost in Missouri; because he was dumb enough to take the rape bait and produce a sound byte that scuttled an otherwise excellent opportunity to win.


50 posted on 01/19/2014 5:50:38 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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