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GOP not dead yet

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By Jay Miller

SANTA FE – Is the GOP dead? Not on your life. Yes, demography and Barack Obama’s campaign machine are creeping up on Republicans. But before I get into the whys, I want to talk about the whats.
Remember the aftermath of the 2008 elections? The Obama war machine, also called a ground game, swept many candidates into office. Democrat Harry Teague even won New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional district. Democrats had control of top state and national offices.
There were so many Republican defeats just four years ago that many in my business were writing the party’s epilogue. There was no foreseeable way for Republicans to come back.
Until six months later, that is. In the summer of 2009, Obama started talking about health care and everything turned around. And in the 2010 elections, Democrats lost heavily up and down the ballot.
It was the perfect time for Republicans to win. They got to redesign state and national legislative and congressional districts. It has been said that had Republican legislators not have redesigned congressional districts; Democrats would have taken back control of the U.S. House in 2012.


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