On Thursday, several Republican National Committee employees in Washington went to work dressed in jogging gear. Their costumes: "Democrats running away from President Obama."
With Republicans poised to make big gains across the country in next week's midterm elections, RNC operatives in D.C. are apparently feeling celebratory — and a bit troll-y — this Halloween.
One of the persistent plot lines of this election has been the awkward dance between President Obama, who is mired in low approval ratings, and electorally vulnerable Democrats in red and purple states, who need to keep their distance from their party's standard-bearer.
Republicans have spent no small amount of time highlighting this dynamic.
The RNC official who passed these photos along to BuzzFeed News said, "Four days from Election Day, we wanted to make sure even our Halloween costumes were on message."
The official continued, "We dressed as vulnerable Democrats running from President Obama. It's been comical how much these 2014 Democrats have tried to run from the President and his failed policies. If I were a Democrat on the ballot next week, I'd be running scared, too."
Each of the staffers wore signs identifying themselves as specific Democrats. Here is Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist (and his fan).
McKay Coppins is a senior writer for the BuzzFeed News politics team, and the author of The Wilderness, about the battle over the future of the Republican Party.
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