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The Repub­li­cans are back — and they are an­gry, mo­ti­vated, organized and rais­ing piles of money to win con­trol of Congress. And they’ve got his­tory on their side.

Who says so? The Democrats in their lat­est fundrais­ing pitch.

In a fundrais­ing ap­peal emailed to mil­lions of par ty donors June 16, the Demo­cratic Sen­a­to­rial Cam­paign Com­mit­tee told its rank-and-file mem­bers not to be­lieve what they’ve heard about a dam­aged Repub­li­can brand barely cling­ing to life. None of it is true, says J.B. Po­er­sch, the com­mit­tee’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

“Don’t be­lieve what you’ve heard about a GOP in dis­ar­ray. They’re mad, they’re organized and they’re de­ter­mined to re­turn to what they see as their right­ful place: rul­ing the halls of Congress,” Mr. Po­er­sch wrote.

“How do I know? $14.4 mil­lion. That’s how much Newt Gin­grich raised dur­ing a fundrais­ing din­ner last week for Repub­li­can House and Se­nate [cam­paign] com­mit­tees. One speech. $14.4 mil­lion.

“They not only have cash, but also his­tory on their side. There are only a hand­ful of times in our na­tion’s past when the party that won the White House hasn’t lost big the fol­low­ing midterm elec­tion. That would spell dis­as­ter for Pres­i­dent Obama’s agenda,” Mr. Po­er­sch warns.

“Repub­li­cans are more organized than they’ve been in the past. Their fundrais­ing ma­chine — fed by fear tac­tics and smear cam­paigns from Newt, Rush Lim­baugh and friends — is hum­ming along,” he said.

“You and I both know that the GOP talk­ing heads are go­ing to be scru­ti­niz­ing our fundrais­ing to­tals. If we fall short of our goal, they’ll say the Amer­i­can hon­ey­moon with Pres­i­dent Obama is over. They’ll say Amer­ica’s ready for a change back to Repub­li­can rule.”

Mr. Po­er­sch added, “Click here to make a con­tri­bu­tion of $5 or more to­day.”

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