National Republicans believe they will retake the Senate on Nov. 4. But don't call it a "wave."
Asked by reporters at a pen-and-pad briefing Thursday how confident he was that his party would gain control of the chamber, National Republican Senatorial Committee executive director Rob Collins said: "We are going to win the Senate. I feel very good about that."
Still, Collins said he would not characterize 2014 as a "wave" election, though he noted that momentum has shifted toward GOP candidates in a handful of red- and purple-state races.
"In some ways this hasn't been the wave that everyone's been looking to cover," he said. "And I know that can be frustrating. "¦ But I will say this: If you look at September, you saw Arkansas consistently move and then kind of solidify at 4-5 points. We've seen Alaska move, Iowa move, and Colorado move, Kansas move back toward us, and now we're seeing North Carolina move this weekend."
He did acknowledge, though, that races in Georgia and South Dakota—where Democrats have put in late-stage, seven-figure investments—have tightened.
"It's tightened up," he said, noting that Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn's campaign is "outspending us week to week.
"Georgia's tight; that's why you saw us put $1.4 million in."