Here’s Why Republicans Are Worried: Democrats Register 60,000 New Voters in 48 Districts


Republicans are getting worried about their 2014 chances because Democrats have taken their fundraising advantage and spent it on registering hundreds of thousands of new voters including 60,000 new voters in 48 competitive House districts.

The Washington Post reported,

House Democrats, flush with campaign cash, have crafted an unprecedented field operation this year that has registered tens of thousands of voters — including several thousand in critical states – for the first time.

Election forecasters and public opinion polls agree that Democrats have no hope of taking back control of the House of Representatives this year, but that hasn’t stopped the party from raising records sums of money to help hold on to at-risk seats.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee by roughly $33 million this cycle, thanks in part to fundraisers headlined by President Obama and small-dollar donations from the party faithful.

The cash flow is helping Democrats pay for a field operation that includes more than 500 paid staffers across the country. Those staffers have helped DCCC register more than 60,000 new voters in 48 districts — a first for the committee, according to statistics shared with The Washington Post.

For House Democrats, this strategy is about laying the groundwork to win back the lower chamber in 2016 or 2018, but their efforts will pay dividends this year in close gubernatorial and Senate races in states like Florida and Georgia. In the Peach State, Republicans are already freaking out and trying to stop a massive non-DCCC voter registration effort with a voter fraud investigation.

Democrats at all levels are using their substantial fundraising advantage to build an organization that will register new voters, and get out the vote.

In a recent article, Charlie Cook pointed to the Democratic ground game as reason for Republican concern, “Another reason things might not turn out for Republicans is if the highly touted Democratic Senate ground game comes together. Clearly the Obama campaign and Democratic allies had a superior voter-identification and get-out-the-vote operation two years ago. Earlier this year, Senate Democrats announced the Bannock Street Project, a $60 million program with the goal of putting in place 4,000 paid workers to use techniques perfected and put to work in 2010 by DSCC Chairman Michael Bennet in his race, and again two years ago by the Obama campaign. While some Republicans have scoffed at the likelihood of Democrats being able to mount such an effort, they concede that the Democratic ground game was superior two years ago. In midterm elections, if Democrats can crank up the turnout among young, female, and minority voters, then their chances of success this year increase.”

Republicans are still years behind Democrats in registering and turning out voters. Those who take the time to register tend to be more likely to show up to vote in that election. This is the reason Republicans have made killing Democratic voter registration efforts one of their primary goals. Democrats are developing a more centralized voter registration system so that they can keep in contact with newly registered voters and make sure that they vote.

The main reason the models and pollsters could end up being wrong is that the electorate might not look the same as it did in 2010. Nearly every model and poll is assuming that the electorate will be whiter and more conservative, but if Democrats nudge turnout in critical races up by a point or two it could change everything and turn a pundit assumed Republican victory into a massive defeat.

27 Replies to “Here’s Why Republicans Are Worried: Democrats Register 60,000 New Voters in 48 Districts”

  1. This is what happens when you insult the American populace and tell them that they do not matter. This is Democracy in action and Real Democracy is what the Reich Wing abhors because it means that their power to rule is diminished.

  2. When you insult and demean possible voters instead of attracting them with policies and ideas ..You should be scared..
    Vote Them Out

  3. Guilty as charged! Before I left on my holiday, I volunteered for Alison Lundergran Grimes campaign to GOTV. I also belong to a grassroots organization and have attended functions to get people registered to vote. The last day is Oct 6 and I am sacrificing part of my holiday to register new voters!

    I don’t listen to pollsters because the never contact newly registered voters, and they are out there! The GOP should be worried, very worried! They have nobody but themselves to blame for this fear. If they had reached out seriously to non-whites, they wouldn’t have this problem!

    Democrats are going to kick ass in November! I’ve been saying this for months! I don’t know why the Republicans have it in their heads that all they need are heterosexual, male WASP to win elections! They need to stop it already!

  4. The writing is on the Wall….Democrats are FIRED UP! READY TO VOTE!
    Republicans have riled up the silent majority whom they have disparaged, ignored and downright disrespected for-ever. So the chickens are coming home to roost. And the Republicans will have no baskets to put anymore of their rotten eggs.

  5. We are in a political war here in the USA and we Dems must all bear arms & GOTV,that is our weapon! Time to dump the garbage from our political systems because America is better than them and we must send a message to the Kochmasters that we love our country and it is not for sale!

  6. “Republicans are still years behind Democrats in registering and turning out voters”

    Cuz Democrats quit using smoke signals and the pony express about 100-500 years ago.

  7. Never voted before…I will this year…always felt my one vote wouldn’t make a difference… I see now it really does…republicans are going to have a giant s**t sandwich to enjoy

  8. Utah Dems have been working very hard this year to register new voters especially non-white voters! If these new voters turn out this election, Dems have a great chance of picking up some state house seats and perhaps elect a Dem in UT’s 4th Congressional District which pollsters are predicting to go Republican! Utah Dem party has done an amazing job with the GOTV drive!

  9. Good for you. If more people realized each vote counts, our country wouldn’t be in the bad shape it’s in.

  10. I keep repeating the following fact over and over and over. this is something rightwing leaders are scared to death of- if 2014 dem turnout at the midterms in november is even just 5% to 10% above the dem turnout for the 2010 midterms, dems win big. dems win really big!!! I think we will have no problem with turnout this year. every vote for a democrat helps. 40 days away. get ready now. vote on november 4th and we will shutdown the GOP and conservative circus and sen their clowns home for god. these midterms are gonna be close in every race in every state!!!! every vote counts, now more than ever!!!get angry, get motivated, get prepared, VOTE in November for Democrats!!!

  11. We dont matter!!!
    Black folks make up 13% of the population and if every singe black person voted democrat, at the end of the day, it is still the 60-65% of the white voters that determine the outcome. No matter what, blacks are still going to vote 90% democratic, no matter how bad they are treated, so it is pointless for Republicans to try and reach them. Its the Latino voters they will now focus on.

    But it still goes on how the 60-65% white votes is all that matter to politicians.

  12. I am not sure I agree. If all minorities stayed home, it would more then likley be an easy win for republicans. You do matter. Every vote counts, black, white, asian, martian green, what ever

  13. You’re wrong SN. Your vote does matter, as does the votes of EVERY American. The fact of the matter is regardless of race when people vote Democrats win. The reality is we need your vote more than ever now. Get to the polls in November. Take your friends with you. Vote as if your your life depends on it.

  14. Shiva I’m crushed…you neglected to mention half Vulcans and Jedi’s or half Vulcan Jedi’s like myself…

  15. As a Texas resident, I’ve always been committed to vote (even though I’ve only been able to vote in 2 election cycles). And what makes it better is that this year I’ve been helping Wendy Davis’s campaign and Battleground Texas by registering voters on my college campus AND calling potential voters, reminding them not only to register but also to go to the polls for early voting or on election day

  16. All votes count. Why are you dividing by race? Thirteen percent is a win. That would be like saying the percent of old people or young people, or women or men and saying none of their votes as a group counts because of the percentage they make up in this country. When you count out an entire race you as lessening your chance of winning. Just say the whites and Latino votes are divided in half. Then the Black vote would count. Every vote should count and we should count every vote!

  17. I’ve already signed up to work with my local Dem. Party here in Middle GA and get voters to the polls in Nov. For the first time ever, I’ll be driving ’em to the polls, with pleasure. I’ve phone banked before, but this midterm election is so important to me that I’ve decided to spend my own money to drive dems to the polls. I met a very nice young guy at the Carter/Nunn campaign office last week and he was everything a candidate needs to win. He is energetic, smart, knowledgeable and raring to go.

  18. still got a ways to go to meet standard set by PBO 22 years ago, according to his wikipedia page:

    From April to October 1992, Obama directed Illinois’s Project Vote, a voter registration campaign with ten staffers and seven hundred volunteer registrars; it achieved its goal of registering 150,000 of 400,000 unregistered African Americans in the state, leading Crain’s Chicago Business to name Obama to its 1993 list of “40 under Forty” powers to be.

  19. Vote for all of America to win. The only winners in the last 6 years have been the 1 percent, with low interest rates and stock market surges. The current congress and POTUS have failed.

  20. How can you say Obama has failed when – among many other accomplishments – he has appointed enough judges to more than balance out the heavily right-wing courts and was named by FORBES as the best economic president of modern times, and maybe ever? That’s not failure, especially under the circumstances.

    Congress now, that’s a completely different story!

  21. Disenchanted democrats who stayed home in 2010 have I pray learned their lesson well. They now see the disaster of a deeply conservative house. A house so much farther to the right then even middle-America itself. Without the house majority nothing gets done.

  22. People of color, we are no longer the minority, the other race is now the minority. I also think that old white Repubs know this and if they don’t they are in for a bruising… know this. Women, College students, Latin, Hispanics, Black Americans, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, all brown persons, the young white Americans, we will do this…Reign in the change, embrace it, or the country will resemble the movie Independence Day…Love all of ya!

  23. You can’t screw over your own voter base on multiple issues and not expect to lose support in huge, decisive chunks. It took the GOP’s heartless reversal of position on the critical lifeline that is EUC for me to switch to Democrat after voting for Republicans for 32 years. This is NOT the GOP I supported for all of my adult life. And I’m not the only one who’s had their eyes opened.

    What can clinch it is registering voters who are liberal but have never or rarely bothered to vote. The ONLY way to stop the government shutdown (Congress is completely nonfunctioning so the government is STILL shutdown) is to give Obama a Democrat Congress and to keep the Senate in D majority. That is the only way. The only party who gives two shts about the middle class, the working poor, and Americans IN America is the Democrats. And I didn’t vote for this prez in either election. Thank God, he got in anyway.

    Finally came to my senses. Dems, idealism doesn’t work if you don’t vote.

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