RNC chairwoman: ‘Democrats have energy right now’

RNC chairwoman: ‘Democrats have energy right now’
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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Sunday that Democrats have an advantage in voter enthusiasm heading into November's midterms.

Speaking on AM 970 in New York, McDaniel told host John Catsimatidis that Democrats are being bolstered by "energy" stemming from their unsuccessful bid to maintain control of the White House in 2016.


“Democrats have energy right now. They thought they were going to win the White House in 2016. They took their eyes off what they needed to do to win that election," McDaniel said. "And they’re coming back strong in 2018, hoping to flip the majority."

"So we have to match them step for step with their energy, dollar for dollar, in order to keep these majorities," she added. "It’s going to come down to what vision do we have for our country. I don’t think ‘resist and obstruct’ is a vision that helps the American people."

McDaniel went on to predict that the GOP would strengthen its two-seat majority in the Senate, but acknowledged a challenging fight for control of the House, where Democrats are hoping to flip 23 seats in their favor.

"I think we will gain seats in the Senate, and it will be a battle to keep our majority in the House," she said. "I would say most Americans would say we are on the right track, and they’ll keep Republicans in the majority.”

McDaniel's comments follow those of White House budget director Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOMB nominee gets hearing on Feb. 9 Republicans now 'shocked, shocked' that there's a deficit Financial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief MORE, who warned Republicans alongside McDaniel on Saturday that the party could see Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFive takeaways from CPAC 2021 Trump wins CPAC straw poll with 55 percent 'SNL' envisions Fauci as game show host, giving winners vaccines MORE (R) lose his close reelection battle against Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTexas Republican criticizes Cruz for Cancun trip: 'When a crisis hits my state, I'm there' Progressives target 'Cancun Cruz' in ad to run on 147 Texas radio stations 'Get off TV': Critics blast Abbott over handling of Texas power outages following winter storm MORE (Texas).

“There’s a very real possibility we will win a race for Senate in Florida and lose a race in Texas for Senate, OK?” Mulvaney said, according to audio obtained by The New York Times.

“I don’t think it’s likely, but it’s a possibility. How likable is a candidate? That still counts.”

Democrats currently hold a single-digit lead over Republicans for control of the lower chamber, according to recent generic ballot polls of the upcoming midterm elections.