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Jake Tapper: GOP Candidates 'Changed Their Ways' in 2014

By    |   Friday, 31 October 2014 03:55 PM

Republicans are not overconfident about the outcome of Tuesday's midterm elections, CNN's Jake Tapper tells Newsmax.

"I don't think they're being overconfident," Tapper, host of "The Lead" on CNN, told Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Friday.

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"I have had conversations with a number of Republican officials about these races," he explained. "I can tell you they're not overconfident.

"Just like the Democrats are, these are a bunch of warriors and people who are concerned," he said.

"They feel good, they feel like they've worked really hard, they've changed their models in terms of getting out the vote, they've changed their ways in reaching out to voters, they feel like they have run better races and better candidates in this cycle, 2014, than they did in 2012," he added.

According to Tapper, the Republican "candidates have been more disciplined — the candidates have not had the kind of gaffes that we saw Republican candidates making two years ago."

However, "they're not going to pop the champagne until the votes come in from Alaska, Hawaii and they're 100 percent sure that the majority in the Senate is there," he explained, adding that it will be the same with "the governor's races."

He agrees with others who have predicted that "it's entirely likely that there will be at least one, if not two runoffs in the Senate races in Louisiana and possibly in Georgia."

The CNN host contends that the most fascinating race to watch right now is the one in Kansas "because of the intrigue of this independent candidate where he came from and Democrats doing so much to get their candidate off the ballots."

"If this independent could rise in the polls, that's one that is really interesting," he explained.

Other races to watch are in "North Carolina, Iowa and Colorado," he said.

"It's a great election cycle," he added. "So many races where I have no idea who's going to win."

However, he says one area of concern is "voter fraud," which he said is "a real thing."

"We have seen it and we have seen people be convicted of it," he explained.
However, he says that the problem is getting Republicans and Democrats to work together on these issues.

"It would be great if there was some way where everybody could have some bipartisan effort to do two things — one is, make sure there isn't any vote fraud and two, make sure that people who are legal voters have access to the ballot box," he added.


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