Democrats Plan 'Political Triage'

Party studies polls to pick races it can win
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Sep 5, 2010 9:38 AM CDT
The Democrats are looking for races they can win.   (AP Photo/Louie Traub)

(Newser) – Ahead of November's elections, the Democrats are studying poll data and searching for races they can win, finds the New York Times. This system of "political triage" will see party funds pulled from long-shot races and funneled to stronger candidates. Nancy Pelosi also asked candidates in safe districts to pitch in elsewhere. “The day after the election, we do not want to have any regrets,” she wrote in a private letter.

The defensive, race-by-race strategy comes as popular sentiment turns against the Democrats. Though a Republican landslide is still very much a long-shot, they certainly seem to have momentum, the Times notes. “It’s getting better every week,” one Republican told the paper. “Voters will ultimately hold the party in power responsible.” (Click here for the latest on November elections.)

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