Democrats are engaged and ready to take back the House, as the party, which has outraised Republicans for months, set a new fundraising record in August.
NBC News reported:
While their Republican counterparts haven’t yet released their August results, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has outraised Republicans each of the three previous months — a result Democrats say bodes well for their prospects of winning the House in the 2018 midterm elections.
“With the House in play, another record-breaking month of fundraising for the DCCC is a clear sign that the grassroots energy behind House Democrats is constantly growing stronger,” said Tyler Law, a spokesman for the committee. “Given Speaker [Paul] Ryan’s failure to govern with unified Republican control of Washington, it’s understandable that vulnerable House Republicans are opting for retirement while we are recruiting incredible candidates deep into the map.”
The wave of moderate House swing state Republican incumbent retirements is the first sign that 2018 could be a bad year for the GOP. The second sign is that Democrats are raising loads of money. Thirty-one million of seventy-two million dollar total for 2017 has come from online fundraising. Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters are more engaged in the midterm election at this time, which is be expected as Republicans are deeply divided, and their congressional majority is unpopular with a large segment of their own party.
Fundraising is not only a dollar amount but also a signal of engagement. Republicans will have no trouble coming up with cash thanks to their billionaires and super PAC’s as Paul Ryan’s PAC dumping $2 million into the GOP coffers indicates, but the Democratic strategy is based on flipping Republican House seats in blue states California, New York, and Illinois. It is going to be an uphill fight to take back the House, but the odds will improve as long as the party can afford to fund its candidates, and people in the districts are engaged and ready to vote.