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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 RomneyComey donates maximum amount to Democratic challenger in Virginia House race Hillary Clinton made rural voters feel 'ashamed,' says former Boston Globe editor Dems target small cluster of states in battle for House MORE in 2012 and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMueller's team asking Manafort about Roger Stone: report O'Rourke targets Cruz with several attack ads a day after debate GOP pollster says polls didn't pick up on movement in week before 2016 election 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 TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing 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