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Dems Pin Waning Hopes on Getting Out the Vote

By    |   Monday, 03 Nov 2014 11:48 AM

Prominent Democratic strategists as well as operatives on the ground share an increasingly pessimistic view of the party's chances to retain the Senate on Tuesday, and have chosen to store their hopes in a successful get-out-the-vote effort as the campaign draws to a close.

According to The Washington Post, numerous party strategists have said the environment for Democrats has become immensely challenging and the electoral trends represent bad news for the party.

"The environment has settled, and it's bad," one senior Democratic Party operative told the Post, adding that some of the party's critical voting blocs have begun to erode, such as independents and seniors.

"They are just not as friendly to us as they once were."

Others said the environment was "challenging" and "unsettled," according to the Post.

"The trends are not good," Steve Rosenthal, a veteran Democratic and labor strategist told the Post.

The consensus was that the party has suffered most due to a deeply unpopular president.

"This off-year election has become almost entirely a referendum on the president," one Democratic consultant told the Post. "It's not just anger at [the Affordable Care Act]. He has become, rightly or wrongly, the symbol of dysfunction in Washington.

"That has led to a demoralized Democratic base, energized Republicans. And those in the middle have an easy way of venting their frustration, and that is to punish the president's party."

Others agreed, citing President Barack Obama as the largest obstacle for candidates and the key factor overshadowing the party's fortunes.

Across the country, Democrats have shifted their attention to last-minute get-out-the-vote efforts, "the last great hope of the electoral underdog," the Post said.

"The Democrats' hope is that a truly exceptional get-out-the-vote operation can still save a series of middling Senate candidates who have not been able to save themselves so far," the Post said.

The Post listed a number of pivotal states where the focus has shifted to turnout, among them are North Carolina, Colorado, New Hampshire, Alaska, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Georgia. Some have focused on going door-to-door, while others have spent time speaking at churches to encourage people to vote, according to the Post.

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Prominent Democratic strategists as well as operatives on the ground share an increasingly pessimistic view of the party's chances to retain the Senate on Tuesday, and have chosen to store their hopes in a successful get-out-the-vote effort.
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