GOP Hitting the Panic Button

Posted: October 14, 2008 in 2008 Elections, Beltway Drama, Senate
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Following up on my entry yesterday on the Democratic efforts to get a 60-seat supermajority in the Senate, Politico’s Jonathan Martin gets a scoop on last-minute GOP efforts to defend its Senate candidates from what could be a very bloody Election Day that could potentially be bigger than the Democratic tsunami of 2006.

The Republican National Committee, growing nervous over the prospect of Democrats’ winning a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, is considering tapping into a $5 million line of credit this week to aid an increasing number of vulnerable incumbents, top Republicans say.

With party strategists fearing a bloodbath at the polls, GOP officials are shifting to triage mode, determining who can be saved and where to best spend their money.

And with the House and Senate Republican campaign committees being drastically outspent by their Democratic counterparts, and outside groups such as Freedom’s Watch offering far less help than was once anticipated, Republicans are turning to the national party committee as a lender of last resort.

A decision is imminent because television time must be reserved and paid for upfront, and available slots are dwindling.

A representative for the RNC would neither confirm nor deny that it was considering the move.

Looks like Patrick Ruffini was right in his assessment which I quoted yesterday.


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