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Midterm Election battle heats up

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (03/07/2014) - The biggest conservative political heavyweights are spending time with their biggest fans this weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, MD., giving big-name Republicans a platform to spread their conservative message and gain support just in time for the 2014 midterm elections.

The most conservative Republicans are pulling out all the stops, schmoozing with their devoted party faithful and rallying to keep Republicans in control of the U.S. House of Representatives this November.

That means in Ohio, Republicans are pulling for Congressman Bob Latta (R), who isn't facing a Republican challenger, but he will see competition from Democrat Robert Fry and Libertarian Eric Eberly in November.

And Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH), who is also up for re-election, will not face an opponent until the November midterm election.

"We always look forward to the campaigns ahead and we will continue to be a strong voice for the interest of the people of the region," Kaptur said.

Kaptur's been in office since 1983. She does not have a Democratic challenger but will face the winner of the Republican primary, between Robert Horrocks, Jr., and Richard May.

"We are ready and we are positioned and we look forward to the campaign this year," Kaptur said.

As republicans exert their power at the CPAC meeting, the president is pushing his electoral position through his new budget priorities, hoping to regain majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

These meetings are as overt as they come, but most of the politicking happens behind the scenes.

Inside the headquarters of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the communications director slams some of the Republicans running for House seats, saying that the Democratic party is the people's party.

"2014 is going to be a big year," said Emily Bittner. "I think at the end of the day, the question that Americans are going to ask themselves is who is on my side, who has my back. I think that's going to be the Democrat."

And the national press secretary of the National Republican Campaign Committee said the Grand Old Party will be focusing on one big issue.

"We believe this election is really about Obamacare," said Daniel Scarpinato. "Pretty much every Dem (sic) in the country who is running for re-election who supports Obamacare or even voted for Obamacare, we are going to be highlighting that. It's going to be a big part of the 2014 campaign."

Since midterms are smaller than presidential races, the strategy is all about reaching a party's core voters.

That is exactly what Republicans are at the CPAC meeting, and what voters can expect to see happening on the ground leading up to Ohio's primary.

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