GOP updates California House race prospects; Democrats disagree
A National Republican Congressional Committee official painted a rosey update of the GOP's prospects in several California House races on Tuesday but, not surprisingly, the group's Democratic counterpart had a different take.
"The Democrats' 'road to the majority' has become the roadblock to the majority," Brock McCleary, deputy political director for the NRCC told reporters in a conference call outlining the GOP's views on the dozen or so contested House seats in the state.
Democrats need a net gain of 25 seats across the nation to win back a House majority and party leaders are looking to California races as a key to that goal.
The call came the same day Republicans launched a "mobile billboard campaign" in four open-seat districts--in the Central Valley, Ventura County, Long Beach/Orange County and Riverside County. The billboards attack the Obama administration's healthcare legislation, McCleary said. He also announced the congressional Republicans have reserved $4.7 million in television advertising in Sacramento and San Diego, two battleground areas.
Republican candidates in those and other districts have more campaign cash in the bank than their Democratic opponents, McCleary said, adding that he believes the GOP has been more successful than Democrats in recruiting strong candidates to run in the contested districts.
Democrats, however, plan to remind voters why they should turn out to vote for President Obama and Democratic House candidates.
"After redistricting, Democrats are on the offense across California because House Republicans have put millionaires, insurance companies and Big Oil companies over the middle class time and again," Amber Moon, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in a statement.
She noted that even some Republican leaders have acknowledged the GOP likely will lose seats in California.
Also, the California Democratic Party has launched a microsite attacking House Republicans in the state whom they consider vulnerable (www.wrongforca.com).
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