By Alicia M. Cohn - 06/23/11 08:00 PM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pitched in for Democrats' 2012 fundraising efforts on Thursday in an effort to prevent the GOP from taking control of the Senate in 2012.
Reid penned a fundraising letter for Majority PAC, a new super PAC organized to “fight back” against “the GOP’s big money advantage.”
"There can be no greater priority than protecting the Democratic majority in the Senate," Reid wrote in the letter to supporters posted on OpenSecrets.org. "I'm writing to introduce you to a group solely devoted to leveling the playing field and protecting the Democratic majority in the Senate: Majority PAC."
Reid specifically names the “threat” of the “deep pockets and nasty tactics of Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, and their network of corporate-backed special interest groups.”
Reid’s efforts show a concern that the GOP has a chance at taking the Senate in the next election.
Reid's letter indicates that Democrats do not want a repeat of the 2010 campaign when the Republicans took the House and narrowed the Democratic majority in the Senate.
The letter comes the same week that Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, released a study Thursday finding the Republicans “at least slightly favored to take the Senate.”
Sabato predicted Republicans are likely to win Senate seats in North Dakota, Missouri, Montana and Nebraska and have a strong chance in at least 11 other states.