Speaker John Boehner has implemented a Karl Rove-like campaign strategy aimed at helping Republicans in blue and red states that are not considered competitive in the 2012 presidential contest.

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Boehner is focused on so-called “orphan” districts, knowing that winning these races is the key to retaining the House GOP majority.

The Ohio Republican only recently noted his concerns on orphan candidates, but he has been working on the issue since early in the 2012 cycle. ‘

In February of last year, Boehner tasked his political staff with developing a program through the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) that would partner with state party operations that lack resources in a presidential election year. The joint venture is unique because the NRCC has traditionally focused on messaging, polls and TV ads.

But this effort on get-out-the-vote and other ground-game initiatives has historically been run by the Republican National Committee (RNC).

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Read More at thehill.com. By Molly K. Hooper.

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