Robert Donachie, DCNF
Democratic members and candidates for the House are bringing in huge donations heading into the November midterm elections.
In only the first six months of 2018, Democratic House nominees have raised over $1 million in a quarter. Democratic candidates Gina Ortiz Jones, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and Andy Kim have all brought in over a million in one quarter.
Democratic candidate Cindy Axne, a former businesswoman running for Congress in Iowa, racked in a record-breaking over $650,000 in the second quarter of 2018, giving her campaign a serious cash infusion as she takes on Iowa GOP Rep. David Young.
House Democrats’ campaign fund — the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) — has raised over $162 million as of May 31.
The numbers may come as a shock to Republicans who are desperately trying to maintain control of the lower chamber in November. All campaigns are required to release their second quarter fundraising figures to the Federal Election Commission by July 15.
If the 2018 midterm elections were held today, Republicans could stand to lose 56 seats in the House, effectively handing over the speaker’s gavel and committee chairmanships to Democrats. Republicans, notably, have less debt than Democrats, but a wave of Democratic support is bubbling in many areas of the nation.
The Cook Political Report released a revised House ratings map for every congressional district in the U.S. Friday and found that Democrats have a shot at up to 56 seats in November.
Some 25 of those seats are in districts that “Lean Republican,” meaning the race is seen as a competitive race, but Republicans have a small advantage in those districts. Another 22 of the 56 districts are considered “Republican Toss Ups,” which means either party has a chance of winning.
Nine Republicans up for reelection this cycle are in districts that either lean Democratic or have a Democrat that is “likely” to take the election.
Fifty House Republicans are either resigning, retiring or seeking other office in 2018. Roughly 22 House members retire each election cycle, so to say the party is going through a tumultuous period of change is not a misnomer.
Republican leadership in the House remains publicly optimistic about their chances of maintaining the majority in the lower chamber.
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