Wicker: Security Threats Key for Republicans in 2016

BALTIMORE — The man in charge of the Senate GOP’s campaign arm thinks national security will help turn the tide in his party’s favor in November.

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Roger Wicker said in an interview with Roll Call at the annual Republican policy retreat that the “umbrella of security” and international unrest could help Republican incumbents in contested races.

“Whether it’s border security, terrorism or the need for our military to be taken care of,” Wicker said, the focus on threats “helps us everywhere whether it’s the Northeast or the Southwest.”

The GOP can only afford to lose three or four Senate seats — depending on which party wins the presidential election — if it wants to hold on to the majority in 2017, and the NRSC faces a challenging map.

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