Mollineau: Democrats see chances of taking Senate in 2018 rise after Alabama

The Washington Examiner
December 14, 2017

Rodell Mollineau, a veteran Democratic strategist and co-founder of the consulting firm Rokk Solutions, sees Alabama as more of a bubble. Alabama will help energize Democrats, “focus them,” and drive fundraising, he said, but “we still have to be perfect.”

“Republicans are reeling but that doesn’t mean they’ll pack up their bags; they’re going to spend a lot of money and a lot of resources,” Mollineau said. “We still have to protect the red-state Democrats.”

Mollineau cautioned Democrats to be “cognizant” of the different electorate Democrats running for re-election or for the first time in red states face.

“We have to be supportive of those Democrats as they do what they need to solidify their base and bring over disaffected Republicans and independents,” he said, referring to Democratic senators like Brown, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri. “It would be wise for National Democrats to allow these senators…the room to do what they need to win.”

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