Learning from rivals, GOP ups ground game

Republican volunteers call Georgia voters. (Melina Mara/Post)

In Georgia and other key states, the Republican National Committee partnered with state party operations to deploy paid staffers and millions in new databases, apps, Web sites and phone systems. The new methods emulate the tech-driven approach to draw out voters long dominated by Democrats.

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Same-sex couples can now get married in the five most Mormon states

In a 16-day period, same-sex marriage became legal throughout the “Book of Mormon Belt.“

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Governors to watch for 2016 and beyond: What the polls tell us

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Congress stinks, say members of Congress

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Alabama House speaker indicted

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The GOP hates the ‘lamestream media’ even more than you think

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For struggling Democrats, Hillary Clinton is a bright spot

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Obama appears to gift-wrap another sound bite for GOP candidates

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Supreme Court to decide police access to hotel registries

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New report: USDA must act to drive down dangerously high poultry pathogen rates

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Chris Christie signed a bill legalizing sports betting in N.J., so all the major leagues filed a lawsuit to block it

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In this ad, paid for by the Congressional Leadership Fund, Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) is attacked for allegedly supporting first-class travel for members of Congress.

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DOE contractors refuse to turn over documents in firing of whistleblower

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Campaign 2014: Michelle Nunn 'Familiar'

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Health ‘czar’ controversies are a Washington tradition. But a Bush czar thinks Klain might do well.

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Congressional campaigns waste millions airing ads outside their districts

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Tom Steyer is running some very strange ads

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Not all congressional districts are created (electorally) equal

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