Jan 31, 2012
NRCC Admits House In Play, Republican Majority In Jeopardy
This morning the National Republican Congressional Committee admitted that Republicans could lose the 25 seats Democrats need to win the House when they announced that 30 members are now in their “Patriot Program” for those “expected to face difficult paths to reelection.” For months, Democrats have believed the House is in play and recent polling shows voters want to elect Democrats instead of Republicans.
“The NRCC just confirmed what we’ve been saying for months and poll after poll has shown: the House is in play and the Republican Majority is in jeopardy,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Republicans will be forced to defend their relentless protection of the ultra wealthy at the expense of Medicare for seniors and tax cuts for the middle class on an ever-expanding playing field. Facing sagging poll numbers and an unpopular agenda, Republicans now agree: they have enough members in danger to lose control of the House. ”
A new NBC/WSJ poll showed voters want a Democratic Congress, not a Republican one, by 6 percent (47 percent to 41 percent) and a National Journal poll found that 48 percent of voters prefer Democrats to take control of the House while 37 percent want Republicans to stay in control. Last week, former NRCC Chairman Tom Davis said that Democrats could win the control of the House.
The NRCC’s patriot program is “a tough-love incumbent protection effort designed to assist freshmen and a few longer-serving lawmakers expected to face difficult paths to reelection.” [Politico, 6/1/11]