(THE HILL) — Democrats are more optimistic about their chances to pick up House seats going into the upcoming cycle than they were at the start of the previous two cycles, largely due to better finances and the help of President Obama’s 2012 organization, which will now be geared towards congressional races.

A three-page memo issued to House Democrats by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) on Friday outlines eight ways in which Democrats believe they are better positioned now than in recent memory.

“Republicans have falsely claimed that they start the 2014 cycle with a permanent advantage and are in a better position than 2012 or 2010 because of redistricting and a historical ’6-year itch.’ Neither turn out to be true,” Israel writes.

  • Text smaller
  • Text bigger
Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.