Top officials of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) say their strategy for maintaining GOP control of the House is simple – run against President Barack Obama.
That strategy will actually allow Republicans to increase their 25-seat advantage in the chamber, NRCC Chairman and Texas Rep. Pete Sessions told The Hill
. "He is the issue of this race," Sessions said of Obama.
Sessions and his deputies maintain that Democrats really need 37 seats — not the 25 they claim — to regain a House majority. The NRCC officials say Democrats will almost certainly lose at least 12 seats they now occupy. That means Democrats would have to win 37 Republican-held seats to achieve a net gain of 25 seats, The Hill reports.
Sessions said the return to the news of Obama’s healthcare reform law will give Republican House candidates a strong issue for their campaigns. The Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on Obamacare next week.
The NRCC raised $5.1 million in February and has $20.6 million in cash, putting it $4.5 million ahead of where it stood in terms of cash reserves two years ago, Sessions said, according to The Hill.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee garnered $6.3 million, but its cash reserves lag the NRCC’s by about $4 million.
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