Priebus: Democrats ‘not as good as they think they are’ on ground game

October 28, 2012

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that Democrats' ground game advantage isn't what it's cracked up to be.

Asked about Democrats' early vote lead in states like Iowa and Ohio, Priebus said it's not what it seems and pointed to the unsuccessful recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) earlier this year.

"They haven’t been able to win in Wisconsin for a long time," Priebus said. "They claimed that the Obama machine was out during the Walker recall. We basically crushed them in Wisconsin.”

Priebus added: “The reality is they’re not as good as they think they are.”

Earlier on the same show, top Obama advisor David Axelrod pointed to his campaign's edge on early voting in the early states. Host Candy Crowley noted that Democrats often lead on the early vote, and Axelrod said the campaign is also meeting its own goals.

"All the indications are very positive," Axelrod said. "We built our campaign and our organization for this very close race, and we're very confident in where we are now and where we're going to be on Nov. 6."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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