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RNC's Spicer: Candidates Show Broader GOP Base

Tuesday, 05 Nov 2013 08:31 PM

By Todd Beamon

The diversity of GOP candidates on the ballot Tuesday in elections across the country reflects "candidates that understand that they need to reach out and spread the conservative message," Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer tells Newsmax.

"They're embracing the conservative message and going out into communities that may have not heard it in the past," Spicer said. "They're explaining to them social conservatism, fiscal conservatism — and explaining why being a Republican, being a conservative, is good for themselves, good for their communities, good for their state, and good for their country."

He cited such varied contests as the battle for Virginia governor, which pits Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli against Democrat Terry McAuliffe; the showdown for New York City mayor, with Republican Joe Lhota facing Democrat Bill de Blasio; and the apparent re-election of New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie to a second term in Trenton over Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono.

Spicer also noted a special Republican runoff in Alabama involving former state Sen. Bradley Byrne and tea party-backed upstart Dean Young for the 1st Congressional District. The winner of that contest will face Democrat Burton LeFlore in December.

"Those candidates who have embraced the conservative message and really gone and taken it are expanding their vote — and they're going to win," Spicer told Newsmax. "In some cases, you have seen candidates who have not embraced it as much and may come up short.

"Conservatives have the better message, and we need to go out there and sell it better and go to communities that may not have heard it better," he said. "There are places where conservatives have just not gone to in the past — and we need to go there and spread the message, almost political evangelization."



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