NRSC tweaks Senate Dems after recruiting losses

Democrats didn't land sought-after recruits in South Dakota and Georgia in recent days, potentially hurting their efforts at winning those seats.

"Whether it's the tough 2014 map or President Obama's growing lame duck status; whether it's the growing scandal over the IRS targeting the Tea Party or the oncoming ObamaCare train wreck, the writing on the wall has clearly rattled Democrats," NRSC Political Director Ward Baker says in a statement first obtained by The Hill.

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"Now that they have been unable to land their chosen candidate in Kentucky, Georgia, and South Dakota, Senate Democrats are left facing the awkward situation of turning to their 2nd, 3rd, or even 11th choice in states that were already a long shot. The Democrats have a metastasizing progressive problem that they've been unable to fix, most recently embodied by Michelle Nunn in Georgia and Rick Weiland in South Dakota."

Democrats are still hopeful that Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) will challenge Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and she could prove to be their best candidate in the state. They also have hopes that businesswoman Michelle Nunn (D), the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), could run in Georgia. But they've faced some setbacks in recent days.

The NRSC isn't without its own problems: Is hasn't yet recruited strong candidates in Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina and Michigan. Both parties have yet to land a strong candidate in Montana's open seat.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fired back.

"Democrats already have major recruitment successes in Iowa and Michigan, while up and down the map Republicans are struggling to find top tier candidates who can avoid messy primaries and appeal to mainstream voters in a general election," DSCC spokesman Justin Barasky said in a statement. "National Republicans simply cannot win the majority if they are only fighting it out in red states and to date they have failed to expand the map in any way."

This post was updated at 9:22 a.m.