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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Monday, June 6, 2011

GOP Caution on 2012 House Races

Politico reports that the NY 26 special election has raised Democratic hopes that the House could be in play next year:

“Republicans really have no room for complacency,” said Steven Law, president of GOP-aligned American Crossroads. “Because the environment is going to be different, we have to be firing on all cylinders.”

Law, whose organization poured around $10 million into House races last year, said he is confident the Republican House majority is safe. But he also said he sees several emerging dynamics — including a surge in Democratic energy from the presidential election — that ensure 2012 will be “hand-to-hand combat.”

“The environment was such that we could have large gains even in districts that weren’t optimal,” said Law. “This time, it’s going to be different. I think the parties are more evenly matched.”

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Law, who’s been crisscrossing the country to meet with donors and hold focus groups, said he’s been espousing a very direct message: Get ready for war.

“I think there is a kind of sober understanding that the job isn’t done and that we have a lot of work to get there,” he said. “Nobody is punching the sky that we talk to.