March 7, 2014 · 11:54 AM EDT
A Republican group recently boasted about Republicans becoming “the only political party in history to run a Web ending.”
But it would be surprising if many Republican candidates are anxious to put .GOP behind their name.
The Republican State Leadership Committee led the effort to secure the .GOP Web ending and unveiled it at the Beyond the Dot conference late last month [video]. USA Today had a thorough piece examining the process, as well as the potential upsides and downsides for the new Web ending.
Republicans got an initial nod of approval from an unusual source.
“I’m pissed the GOP got their (new gTLD) and we didn’t get ours as Democrats,” said Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager, according to a tweet from the conference. “It’s just another thing in the toolbox to use to reach out to folks,” Messina said. “As a campaign manager, all you want is more tools, and I think this is a really interesting one.”
But while the Web ending might bring some continuity to state parties and other functions of the Republican National Committee, it is not clear that the Web ending is a great tool for candidates to use in their campaigns.
March 6, 2014 · 2:34 PM EDT
Every six minutes, some reporter in the world is writing about a Republican primary. That’s not to say that GOP primaries don’t matter — because sometimes they do — but there are a handful of Democratic House primaries that could have general election ramifications as well.
Here is a look at…
March 4, 2014 · 10:41 AM EDT
For the second time, Republican Ken Buck has failed to become a United States senator from Colorado. But his most recent campaign was not in vain and helped make him the front-runner for a seat in the House.
GOP Rep. Cory Gardner’s decision last week to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Udall had…
February 28, 2014 · 4:00 PM EDT
Two forces could collide in Oregon later this year: a state shifting to the left while short-term political forces are working against Democrats nationwide. But the fact that Republicans have even a remote chance of winning the Senate race in Oregon demonstrates just what kind of cycle this is…
February 28, 2014 · 3:59 PM EDT
The last time Republicans won a U.S. Senate race Michigan there was an open seat in a midterm election of a Democratic president. That was 20 years ago, but Republicans believe it is a winning formula for 2014.
Michigan is one example of a Democratic seat that could be coming open at precisely…