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 Romney10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? Giuliani: 'Nothing wrong' with campaign taking information from Russians MORE in 2012 and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIt is wrong to say 'no collusion' 10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era And the winner of the Robert Mueller Sweepstakes is — Vladimir Putin 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 calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone 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