DNC Head Predicts Democrats Will Hold Senate Because of Strong Ground Game
Despite gloomy polling forecasts, Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., maintained today on "This Week" that her party would retain control of the Senate in Tuesday's midterm elections, saying the party's ground game would make the difference.
"I know [Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus] would take ours over theirs any day of the week," Wasserman Schultz told "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos.
Many predictive models, including that of Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight.com, suggest that Republicans will take hold of the currently Democratic-controlled Senate, picking up the six seats they need to hold a majority in the upper chamber of Congress.
Priebus, also appearing on "This Week," said he would be disappointed if the GOP was not able to gain control of the Senate, and countered that the ground game of his party is "whipping" that of Democrats.
"The problem they [Democrats] have is that their message isn't working," Priebus said.
"I think we have to take the Senate. Yes, I would be very disappointed," he added when asked if the GOP not taking the Senate would be considered a failure.
The RNC chair also shrugged off comments by possible 2016 White House contender Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who said this week that the GOP brand "sucks" when it comes to minority outreach.
"What he said is that we're actually on the right track and actually we're doing a lot of the things that we should be doing, which is engaging Hispanic voters, black voters, Asian voters. Talking to women across the country, not just for four months before an election, but for four years," Priebus said. "The things I'd been talking about, and by the way, leading the way on in our party for the last two years."