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NRSC: 'Next stop, Senate majority'

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Republican voters have more enthusiasm for the next election than Democrats, but it's not quite as high as it was in the 2010 midterms, according to recent polling.

A new montage from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, released on the same day Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus predicts a Republican "tsunami-type election in 2014," attempts to change that.

Election braggadocio is nothing new for either party, but it's interesting to note which states the NRSC ad spotlighted. Rather than run through the list of seven states that Mitt Romney carried which currently have Democratic senators, the NRSC only mentioned four: Arkansas, where Republican Tom Cotton has a strong chance to oust Sen. Mark Pryor; Montana, where Rep. Steve Daines is running; South Dakota, where Gov. Mike Rounds is set to make his plans to run official; and West Virginia, where Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is likely to replace retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

They also touted candidates in Colorado, Michigan, and New Hampshire -- three states President Obama carried in both his presidential elections. Republicans could pick up any of those seats, and the video looks like an effort to create buzz for their candidates in those states in order to move the races into the top tier.

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