With Senate In Sight, GOP Leader Flips, Presses For All-Out Spending

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) is breaking with his own policy and urging GOP Members to contribute to the committee, recognizing that money could make the difference in the races for a dozen Democratic-held seats that now qualify as legitimate pickup opportunities.

Cornyn's efforts were boosted Wednesday when Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and John McCain (Ariz.) announced to their GOP colleagues commitments to transfer $1 million each in personal campaign funds to the NRSC.

Cornyn said at the outset of the midterm cycle that he would not ask Republican Senators for transfers, given its historical futility. But with the 10 seats needed to retake the Senate majority within reach -- however unlikely -- the NRSC chairman has pivoted.

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