Democrats dominated Republicans in money races across the House map and in key Senate contests with three weeks left before midterm elections.
Money is no guarantee of electoral outcomes, but the numbers suggest that Democratic voters’ enthusiasm continues unabated in 2018, with small-dollar donors in particular fueling the party’s hopes of reshaping Republican-run Washington for the final two years of President Donald Trump’s first term.
The Democrats’ campaign arm says 110 House Democratic candidates outraised Republican incumbents or the GOP nominees in open seats. At least 60 Democrats topped $1 million in fundraising during the quarter, according to a party analysis, with several posting eye-popping hauls in excess of $2 million and even $3 million.
Democrats need to pick up at least 23 more seats to become the majority in January.
Senate Democratic incumbents posted strong quarters, as well, even as the slate of elections in states Trump won leaves Republicans well-positioned to hold their narrow Senate majority.
Candidates, party committees and some political action committees had to submit their latest reports to the Federal Election Commission before midnight Monday. The FEC is still processing much of the data that covers activity through Sept. 30.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights:
UNDERDOG HOUSE CANDIDATES RAKE IN CASH
Some of Democrats’ top hopes for flipping GOP seats — candidates running in House districts where President Donald Trump lost in 2016 — have outraised their opponents for much of the cycle.
But with 110 Democratic hopefuls outraising the GOP incumbent or nominee in contested seats, the third quarter stands out as a sign of enthusiasm that extends deep into the House map to include districts where Trump prevailed relatively comfortably.
Democrat Amy McGrath pulled in $3.25 million in a central Kentucky district where Rep. Andy Barr was not initially considered among the most vulnerable GOP incumbents. For the cycle, McGrath …read more
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