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The NRSC just launched an online game, Giopi: 2014 Mission Majority.

As a party, Republicans have a great opportunity to win the Senate majority and create positive change in Washington. This year’s Republican Senate candidates are the strongest in decades (if not ever), and we want to raise awareness in every possible way. With that in mind, we are having a bit of fun with our approach.

The game features a patriotic elephant named Giopi, who happens to be one of the GOP’s best volunteers. Giopi leads you through four difficult levels, with a focus on one goal: winning a Republican Senate majority.

You’ll need to watch out for the job-destroying “Taxers.” You can jump on top of them to suppress their high taxes.

You’ll also have to dodge the “Mudslingers.” To escape their false and empty rhetoric, jump on them and mute their misleading words.

Check out the game here! Don’t forget to brag about your high score to your friends.

Michael Lehmann | August 22, 2014 |

Photo credit: Shalom Jacobovitz

Sound the alarms! A poll conducted by WMUR revealed that the New Hampshire Senate race is now a tie. WMUR now calls the race a "tossup."

Real Clear Politics reported the exciting story:

Scott Brown is back in the ballgame. ... In the WMUR/UNH survey released Thursday night, Shaheen led Brown by 46 percent to 44 percent, which is within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. This latest numbers show a dramatic swing in Brown’s direction from the previous WMUR/UNH poll, which was conducted a month-and-a-half earlier and showed Shaheen leading Brown by 12 points.
The poll has enormous ramifications, the New York Times' Jonathan Weisman tweeted:

Politico's Ben White had a similar reaction:

White wasn't the only one using the "w" word, though. Jeff Greenfield also suggested the poll could be a sign of a coming wave.

On Morning Joe, Mike Allen explained the psychological significance of the poll. "This is a huge psychological turning point for Republicans, not just in New Hampshire, but elsewhere who are wondering can we really take the Senate," he said. "I'm told that this poll is going to help bring other big donors off the sidelines because they are saying, wow, a senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might be a real thing if Scott Brown wins they are very far on the way to that."

Yesterday morning, we released a memo that included an analysis of the New Hampshire race. We said, "In a head-to-head matchup, Scott Brown has the clear momentum in this race." While the DSCC mocked this observation, the WMUR poll confirmed what we've been seeing in New Hampshire.

Our memo also revealed that Shaheen's opposition to border security, and ties to the president, are hurting her:

... internal polls show that [Shaheen's] opposition to increased border security and her role in Obama’s push for “Executive Amnesty” are extremely potent in the Granite State.
Scott Brown's message and focus on border security are resonating with people. Many Washington pundits are failing to grasp just how powerful this issue is right now. As we're seeing in New Hampshire, Jeanne Shaheen might learn its importance the hard way — by losing in November.

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Tim Cameron | August 22, 2014 |
The liberal left and their supporters in the media are jubilant about Mark Pryor’s new ad about pre-existing conditions, oddly claiming that it is a sign of ObamaCare’s growing popularity. Let’s put aside the fact that it has been illegal under federal law for nearly two decades for an insurance company to cancel or not renew a policy because of sickness (and illegal under many state laws for far longer). Let’s put aside that ensuring that people with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage has long been a popular policy, and one where there is bipartisan agreement.

The fact is that most viewers of Mark Pryor’s latest ad wouldn’t even realize that the embattled Senator is talking about ObamaCare (or, as supporters might prefer to call it, the Affordable Care Act). Had Pryor openly embraced ObamaCare and reiterated his support for the law through a paid ad, it’d be cause for celebration on the left. It is hardly surprising that Pryor did not do that. Instead, this ad is little more than an attempt to inoculate a very vulnerable Senator from a law that is extremely unpopular in his state (63% unfavorable in Arkansas). How does one explain the fact that neither the “Affordable Care Act” nor “ObamaCare” is mentioned?

As for the law itself, it’s the entirety of ObamaCare that it remains EXTREMELY unpopular (in fact every single available poll shows that ObamaCare is just as unpopular today as it was in 2010, if not more so. The RCP polling average of ObamaCare this summer is 41/54%. In November 2010, it was 43/52%. In large part the public view of the law has remained stagnant and unpopular.

Obviously our press office has received a number of calls (entirely from outlets based in Washington, DC) about the ad. Several also pointed to claims that the number of ObamaCare ads is on the decline, a notion that while statistically accurate is highly misleading. We’ve said for well over year now that the election is about far more than just ObamaCare, but that the law remains VERY unpopular and is a vehicle that helps drive larger problems and themes, namely trust and competence: "We've said for some time that the politics of ObamaCare is about more than just the healthcare overhaul itself. It's about competence in government. It's about credibility of elected officials whom repeatedly made promises that they couldn't deliver.”

It’s also important to note that in the fall of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 several issue advocacy groups dominated the airwaves with an ad campaign based entirely on ObamaCare. This all took place during a time when few if any campaigns (on either side) were on air with ads of their own because the election remained far off. It is only natural that as those issue ads wound down, the percentage of ads focused exclusively on ObamaCare dropped, especially in an environment where campaigns started going on air with the own introductory ads, which tend to be biographical spots. Considering that the public view of the unpopular law remains static, it is simply common sense that once voters are reminded and/or made aware that a vulnerable Democratic Senator or candidate (see Bruce Braley and Gary Peters) supported/supports/stands by their vote, running ads exclusively and solely on ObamaCare would be nonsensical.

Like many other Senators, Mark Pryor’s support for ObamaCare is a major impediment to his campaign, but not the lone one.

Brad Dayspring | August 21, 2014 |
Dan Sullivan won Alaska's Republican primary earlier this week. Sullivan, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, is ready to take his honor and integrity to the Senate.

In "Running," his new ad, he explains what's he learned from 20 years in the Marines: "The Marine Corps shaped who I am. Integrity. Honor. Results. And that's who we are as Alaskans. An independent spirit, optimism and a drive to get the job done."

Sullivan laments, however, that D.C. dysfunction is hurting Alaska. And that's why he's running: "Too often, we find Washington, D.C., standing in our way. Taking our jobs, our rights, our energy. It's time for Alaska to fight back. That's why I'm running."

You can learn more about Sullivan's story and his campaign here.

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Tim Cameron | August 21, 2014 |
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