Two weeks from Election Day, GOP hopes of capturing congressional control continue to rise.
“We are going to win the Senate. I feel very good about that,” National Republican Senatorial Committee Executive Director Rob Collins said last week.
His optimism is well-founded: The GOP needs to net six seats to take the upper chamber, and positive polls in Colorado, Arkansas, Alaska and other battlegrounds have Republicans buoyant. House Republicans are also aiming for historic gains to pad their majority.
Meanwhile, Democrats privately fret that the battle for Congress may be slipping away as President Obama drags his party down.
Their hopes of hanging on rest in theirsophisticated ground game. Democrats have spent more than $60 million on field efforts, and strategists in both parties say that could net them a point or two on Election Day.
“There are lots of close races across the country but Democrats are running better campaigns with better candidates and we’re confident that at the end of the day we’re going to hold the majority,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Justin Barasky.