Election analyst: Dems need more than their base to take back Congress

Election analyst Henry Olsen said on Tuesday that Democrats need to appeal to more than their core base of voters to take back the House and Senate, despite high voter enthusiasm going into November's midterm elections. 

"Everyone wants to get out the base, but the fact is that our study showed that, particularly for the Democrats, the base is already engaged, and the base already hates Trump," Olsen, a senior fellow at the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

A recent Democracy Fund study conducted by Olsen found that November's midterms will ultimately be decided by swing voters, as opposed to party bases. 

Olsen said Democrats need to focus on appealing to voters who voted for Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDem lawmaker calls Trump racist in response to 'dog' comment Former spokeswoman defends Trump calling Omarosa ‘dog’: He’s called men dogs Cook Political Report moves 4 GOP seats to 'toss-up' category MORE in 2012 and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPapadopoulos's wife wants him to scrap plea deal with Mueller: report FBI chief: I'm trying to bring 'normalcy' in 'turbulent times' Senate Intel chief slams ex-CIA director for timing of claims about Trump-Russia ties MORE in 2016 in order to win suburban seats. 

"If you just focus on Democrats, and you don't focus on these cross-pressured Republicans, you can see what happened in 2016, which is Republicans hold those seats even if they didn't like President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE," he continued. 

"So the Democrats have to talk to people who aren't normally Democrats if they want to pick up these suburban seats." 

— Julia Manchester