Senate Republicans feel confident about their chances to win back control of the chamber in 2014, but their campaign operation couldn't seem to get out of its own way in 2013.
Already facing a fundraising gap with Democrats, the National Republican Senatorial Committee will enter the new year leaving behind a trail of notable pratfalls. From a tweet that was decried as "sexist" to an attack that was denounced by one of the GOP's own candidates, it's been a rough 2013 for the Senate GOP's campaign arm.
The group's spokesman, Brad Dayspring, who has been at the center of many of the ugly moments, declined to answer questions on Friday about them. Instead, he provided TPM with a written statement that criticized Democrats "for their own colossal missteps."
"The truth is that the Beltway back and forth doesn't matter much to voters out in the real world," the statement said.
Here's a look back at what's been a bumpy year for Dayspring and company.
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