Skip to comments.Dems have fundraising edge in final stretch of midterms
Posted on 10/16/2018 7:21:30 AM PDT by yesthatjallen
Democrats continued an aggressive fundraising tear between July and September, giving the partys candidates in some of the most competitive House and Senate races a sharp financial edge in the final stretch of the midterm election cycle.
More than 70 Democratic House hopefuls outraised Republican incumbents in the third quarter of 2018, according to an analysis by The Hill of newly filed fundraising reports.
Eight Democrats running for House seats raised more than $3 million in the same period, while 30 raised more than $2 million and 60 raked in more than $1 million.
Three Democratic candidates brought in upwards of $4 million in the third quarter Gil Cisneros and Andrew Janz in California and Scott Wallace in Pennsylvania.
The fundraising numbers are the latest boon to Democratic hopes that they have enough momentum to recapture a House majority in November.
The party needs to pick up at least 23 seats to win back control of the chamber from the GOP.
In the previous quarter, slightly more than 50 Democratic House hopefuls raised more than Republican incumbents.
The number of Democrats who outraised GOP incumbents in this quarter continued a trend of record-setting fundraising that has helped empowered Democrats in 2018.
In Kansas 3rd District, Democrat Sharice Davids outraised incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder (R) by roughly $1.6 million, according to The Hills analysis.
She brought in $2.8 million, while Yoder trailed at $1.1 million in the third fundraising quarter.
Likewise, Democrat Lauren Baer, who is challenging Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) in Floridas 18th District, raised $1.6 million between July and September.
Meanwhile, Mast raked in about $983,500, though he holds the cash-on-hand advantage, with $1.4 million to Baers $774,000.
Only two Republican candidates in the most competitive House races raised more than Democratic incumbents, federal filings show. Wendy Rogers outraised Rep. Tom OHalleran (D-Ariz.) $556,500 to $511,600, while Justin Fareed brought in about $130,000 more than Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.).
In 25 of the most competitive House races in which incumbents are seeking reelection, Democrats outraised their Republican opponents.
In the Arizona seat being vacated by Senate hopeful Martha McSally (R), for example, Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick brought in more than $1.4 million more than her GOP challenger, Lea Marquez Petersen.
And in Floridas 27th District, the home of retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R), Democrat Donna Shalala raked in more than $1 million compared to the roughly $563,500 raised by her opponent, Republican Maria Elvira Salazar.
In 14 of the most competitive Senate races, Democrats also largely outraised Republican opponents.
Incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who is widely considered among the most vulnerable Senate Democrats seeking reelection this year, raised $3.8 million between July and September, her federal filings show.
Her GOP opponent, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), scored a bit short of $1.7 million in the same period.
Meanwhile, in the Nevada Senate race, Rep. Jacky Rosen (D) brought in $7 million in the third fundraising quarter, while incumbent Sen. Dean Heller (R) raised about $2.2 million.
Heller is seen as one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans this year. Hes seeking re-election in a state won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.
In Texas, Rep. Beto ORourke (D) turned heads last week when he announced that he had raised more than $38 million between July and September a record haul for a Senate campaign.
His opponent, incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), brought in about $12 million
But in Indiana, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) fell short of his Republican challenger Mike Braun, who raised $5.6 million between July and September.
Donnelly, another vulnerable Democrat, brought in a little less than $3.1 million in the same timeframe. He still leads Braun in cash on hand, with $4.5 million compared to his opponents roughly $1.9 million.
Despite the outsize fundraising hauls for Democrats, the partys chances of retaking control of the Senate remain a long shot.
The Senate map poses a tougher challenge for Democrats than in the race for the House. More than two dozen Democratic incumbents are defending their Senate seats this year, including 10 in states that President Trump won two years earlier.
Remember when Democrats told us we had to get money out of politics?
Oh, well in that case I guess I won’t bother to vote. NOT!
Fundraising and money spent means nothing.
Somebody just put a price tag on the 2016 election ... - Washington Post
Apr 14, 2017 - Clinton’s unsuccessful campaign ($768 million in spending) outspent Trump’s successful one ($398 million) by nearly 2 to 1. The Democratic ...
China will go bankrupt ,LOL
Well, all that $$$ isn't going to get it done if all you have to preach is "resist" and socialism.
Let’s see the numbers without the millions contributed by Soros, Steyer, and the Koch brothers. They are trying to buy the election for the Democrats.
Hitlery spent many times more than DJT and look what happened.
translation: Soros & Co. have come up with a hip new way to launder money.
(((YAWN))) Making Soros pay top dollar for each seat he wants to buy. I hope the “media” gets every nickel the little Nazi bastard has.
That doesn’t count the payments made by the media in free Dem ads.
So did Cankles.
I find it funny how Democrats are the ones always complaining about money in politics, yet they are the ones bringing it all in. Load of money and no ideas, outside of anarchy.
They are a disgusting lot...all of them.
Election time is the Dems way of paying off the MSM for all their great work supporting them between elections ,LOL
That doesnt count the payments made by the media in free Dem ads.
Nor does it count for all the anti-Trump and pro DemocRat hits and links Google and other search engines provide.
Corrupt ‘elites’ have tons of cash... and they know democrats will grease their hands...
You know the dems rule it means you not us.
Remember Soros “bought” the House for Democrats I. 2010 2014 and the White House for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Money gets you on the stage but if the audience doesn’t like the song you s OK ng it makes no difference.
ALL that money they re spending in vain will push Trump’s economy up even more!!!
And Stormy Daniels lost her lawsuit against Trump & the judge said SHE has to pay for Trump’s lawyers!!!!!
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