Despite Better News For Romney, GOP Targets Congress

Undeterred by a new poll indicating a decline in President Obama's approval rating, Republicans, once sanguine about a presidential victory, are rethinking their strategy and taking aim at Congress.

Just eight months ago, Republicans were squarely focused on moving one of their own into the White House, confident that President Obama’s dismal approval ratings lent them a sure shot at the presidency. But now, as a caustic nomination fight drags on and a slowly brightening economy boosts Obama’s prospects for reelection, Republicans are realizing that a White House win is not a slam dunk.

However, some Republican strategists say that type of either-or approach could backfire. Not making a strong play for the Oval Office could breed disaster for the GOP’s Senate race prospects, said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist and chairman of CivicForumPAC. “Since 1980, in most tight Senate races, the party that wins at the top of the ticket has dragged the Senate with it,” O’Connell said.  “So even if the task of defeating President Obama has gotten harder, Republicans need to have their fight up for this one. They won’t win the Senate without it.” 

Read more from Michelle Hirsch at The Fiscal Times

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