- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Republican Legislative Campaign Committee said Thursday that it has the resources to help flip control of the New Hampshire House of Representatives back to the GOP.

In a conference call, leaders of the RLCC and the Republican State Leadership Committee said the committees will be going on the offensive around the country where Republicans currently control 60 of 99 legislative chambers.

“With President Obama’s successful re-election in 2012, Democrats had their chance to make their gains,” said RSLC President Matt Walter. “That was their opportunity and they missed it. Now they have to deal with an even worse headwind.”

Walter said Obama’s weaker popularity ratings in polls this year compared with two years ago would drag Democrats down.

Walter did not go into specifics about how much the committee would be spending on individual races or in each state where they think they can take a chamber. He said the resources will be available.

New Hampshire is among the group’s “Sweet 16” chambers it will focus on ahead of the November election. Currently, there are 213 Democrats, 174 Republicans and 13 vacant seats in the 400-seat House.

There were 100-plus seat swings in 2010, when the House flipped to the GOP, and again 2012 when it switched back.

Julie McClain, a spokeswoman for state Democrats, predicted the party will be “extremely successful” in November.

“New Hampshire families do not want to go back to the age of Bill O’Brien - with his far-right Tea Party policies, massive across-the-board cuts, and lack of bipartisan cooperation,” McClain said. “While the Republican Party goes to war with itself in competitive primaries across the state, the Democratic Party has mounted an impressive slate of candidates.”

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