March 16, 2014

THERE ARE NO SAFE SEATS:

Scott Brown Fires Up Senate Fight (Alexandre Jaffe, 3/15/14, The Hill)

"It definitely changes the map as far as resources are concerned," one national Democratic strategist told The Hill. The strategist insisted, however, that "you're not pulling from like a finite level of resources anywhere," and pointed out that committees traditionally take out lines of credit if they need to spend more than they've budgeted in the final months of a cycle.

And he's given Republicans further reason for optimism. Jonathan Collegio, spokesman for GOP super-PAC American Crossroads, which just reserved a $600,000 ad buy in New Hampshire for next week, said there were "more than enough" states in the mix for Republicans to take back the Senate.

"Three months ago, no one thought that Colorado, Virginia or New Hampshire would be in play and they are now. Our prospects in some states are improving," he said. "Had you asked me six months ago whether Republicans could take the Senate, I would've said I wasn't sure if there were enough states on the table. Now there are more than enough."

Democrats insist they have the money to play in every state necessary. They point to record-breaking monthly fundraising numbers -- $52.6 million overall in 2013 -- and say they've budgeted for every contingency.

But one national Democratic source told The Hill the party is expected to invest heavily in its ground game in New Hampshire now that Brown's in.


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