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.

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

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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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