WATCH: Republicans at CPAC energized for 2018

Attendees and GOP veterans at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) say they are feeling energized about the party’s prospects in 2018.


"The energy is, as always, vivacious," Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerPartnerships paving the way to sustain and support Historically Black Colleges and Universities Lawmaker seeks to ban ex-members from lobbying until sexual harassment settlements repaid Florida governor suspends Palm Beach County elections supervisor MORE (N.C.) told The Hill. 

"I love the fact that people are willing to engage in the process."

Republicans predicted that legislative accomplishments, such as the sweeping tax reform that Congress passed in 2017, and a strong economic message are going to favor the party in November’s elections.

Prominent anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist said that he wasn't confident two months ago, but he told The Hill the tides are turning for the party. 

"In February, 90 percent of Americans saw significant reduction in taxes, significant increase in take home pay," Norquist said.

"What looked like was going to be a bad year for Republicans is now turning to be a fairly strong one."

While fellow conservative and former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton is remaining optimistic about the party's fate this year, he does believe it will have to put up a fight. 

"It’s gonna be a tough election. Every Republican should run scared in an environment like this and not count on anything as a given. Everyone needs to run as though it’s a tough election,” Bolton said.