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Sen. Kay Hagan, North Carolina Democrat, has been polling strong and energizing her base while Republican candidate for Senate Thom Tillis is struggling to gain the support of more conservative members of the GOP. (Associated Press)

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Illustration on coming GOP gains by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

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David Brat's upset win in a GOP primary earlier this year over former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor with a much smaller budget may have caused a "minirevolution" in political spending, encouraging others to look into more grass-roots advertising on the Internet. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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The scene was Sept. 27, 1994 - when Newt Gingrich released the "Contract with America" that defined Republican values and ideas, and invigorated the GOP's relationship with voters. (Associated Press)

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Dr. Ben Carson has won yet another straw poll to be the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee. (Associated Press)

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GOP Connects with Women Voters Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 at a GOP unity breakfast in Manchester, N.H. Paul considered a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, made a visit to the key early voting state of New Hampshire at the state Republican Party's "Unity Breakfast" following Tuesday's state primary. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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Illustration on the GOP's need to fight back by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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Illustration on the GOP's need to fight back by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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Saul Anuzis is arranging a junket to China and wants to take other GOP leaders with him. (Associated Press)

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Despite GOP gains in several other races, Republican Ed Gillespie trails incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark R. Warner by a double-digit margin in Virginia. (associated press)

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Lame-duck Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer isn't staying on the sidelines this election season throwing her support behind moderate GOP candidates. (Associated Press)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a GOP picnic, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Chichester, N.H. It was Perry's second day visiting the nation's earliest presidential primary state as he considers another run for president. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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Ronald Reagan took his wife Nancy for a canoe ride on a pond at their mountain to ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif. on Monday, July 27, 1976 after announcing in Los Angeles that he had selected liberal republican U.S. Sen. Richard S. Schweiker as his vice presidential running mate if nominated at the GOP National Convention in Kansas city. (AP Photo)

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A former Wisconsin Republican Party chairman, Reince Priebus has managed to maintain generally warm acceptance by the 168-member RNC's growing conservative wing as well as by its moderates, who have close ties with the GOP establishment. (Associated Press)

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No apologies: House Budget Committee member Tom Cole defends GOP spending by saying, "Republicans believe in low taxes and less regulation. I think that's why God made Republicans." (Associated Press)

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National Edition News cover for July 31, 2014 - Christie rises again in GOP field: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers an address at the GOP's Statesmen's Dinner on Friday, May 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Terry Wyatt)

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, head of the Republican Governors Association, says his fellow GOP state chief executives are getting the job done. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon Republican and National Republican Campaign Committee chairman, said he envisions the GOP holding at least 245 seats in the House after November, even the group's Democratic counterpart raised $23 million more this election cycle. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon Republican and National Republican Campaign Committee chairman, said he envisions the GOP holding at least 245 seats in the House after November, even the group's Democratic counterpart raised $23 million more this election cycle. (Associated Press)