DCCC Memo: Dem Candidates Lead Big on GOP

Democratic House candidates are trampling Republican candidates for the House in 2014, a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) memo reports:

“According to the Wall Street Journal, “Democratic candidates in the 52 most competitive House races reported that they raised a total of $42.3 million last year, compared with $34.8 million for Republican candidates in those races. […]The fundraising totals could give a jolt to Democrats’ chances of picking up seats in the House….”

“Beyond the candidate success, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised the national Republicans by $15 million in 2013 despite being in the minority.

“Americans are sick of this broken Republican Congress, and they’re already voting with their checkbooks by “trying to elect commonsense Democrats to the House. Our candidates are focused on helping the middle class, working together to create jobs and improve the economy and ending Republicans’ efforts to stack the deck for special interests.”

Eight Democrats raised at least $400K:

  • CA-36: Raul Ruiz: $414K;
  • CA-52: Scott Peters: $413K;
  • CO-06: Andrew Romanoff: $459K;
  • FL-02: Gwen Graham: $474K;
  • FL-18: Patrick Murphy: $518K;
  • FL-26: Joe Garcia: $413K
  • NY-19: Sean Eldridge: $529K; and
  • WV-03: Nick Joe Rahall: $428K.

Nine Democratic candidates outraised incumbent Republicans:  

  • CA-21: Amanda Renteria ($337K) vs David Valadao ($233K);
  • CO-06: Andrew Romanoff ($459K) vs Mike Coffman ($405K);
  • FL-02: Gwen Graham ($475K) vs Steve Southerland ($264K);
  • IN-02: Joe Bock ($203K) vs Jackie Walorski ($180K);
  • IA-04: Jim Mowrer ($175K) vs Steve King ($163K);
  • MI-01: Jerry Cannon ($162K) vs Dan Benishek ($131K);
  • NM-02: Roxanne Lara ($163K) vs Steve Pearce ($132K);
  • NY-19: Sean Eldridge ($529K) vs Chris Gibson ($270K); and
  • NY-23: Martha Robertson ($274K) vs Tom Reed ($254K).

Democratic Standouts (28 races) include:

  • AR-04: Former FEMA Director James Lee Witt nearly outraised both of his opponents combined, hitting $244K.
  • AZ-01: Representative Ann Kirkpatrick outraised all three of her Republican opponents and has a $600K cash advantage over her closest competitor.
  • AZ-09: Representative Kyrsten Sinema outraised all three of her Republican opponents and has more in the bank than all three combined ($1M to $626K.)
  • CA-07: Representative Ami Bera outraised all three of his potential Republican opponents combined, even as they fight a bitter Tea Party primary.
  • CA-21: Challenger Amanda Renteria raised $337K, beating Congressman David Valadao by $105K.
  • CA-26: Representative Julia Brownley outraised Assembly Jamie Gorell 2:1.
  • CA-36: Representative Raul Ruiz outraised his opponent, Sacramento Assemblyman Brian Nestande by $180K.
  • CT-05: Representative Elizabeth Esty more than tripled her opponent’s fundraising, with $293K.
  • FL-02: Gwen Graham outraised incumbent Congressman Steve Southerland (the Tea Party president of the sophomore class) by more than $200K and ended the year with a $200K cash advantage.
  • FL-18: Representative Patrick Murphy is blowing his opponents out of the water, outraising his closest opponent by $300K.
  • FL-26: Representative Joe Garcia bested one of his opponent Carlos Curbelo by $200K.
  • GA-12: Representative John Barrow raised more than triple his opponent’s fourth-quarter total, passing the $300K mark.
  • IL-10: After being outraised in 2012 by then-Congressman Bob Dold, Representative Brad Schneider beat Dold  by $40K this quarter.
  • IL-12: Representative Bill Enyart raised nearly triple his opponent’s total.
  • IL-17: Representative Cheri Bustos outraised rematch opponent former Congressman Bobby Schilling by almost $200K.
  • IN-02: Challenger Joe Bock outraised Congresswoman Jackie Walorski by $20K.
  • IA-03: Challenger Staci Appel has raised $500K and $369K in the bank against a divided Republican field.
  • IA-04: Challenger Jim Mowrer raised outraised Tea Party firebrand Steve King.
  • MI-01: Sheriff and General Jerry Cannon outraised Congressman Dan Benishek by $30K.
  • MN-07: Representative Collin Peterson raised double what challenger Torrey Westrom brought in accumulating $360K in the bank for the inexpensive Fargo television market.
  • NH-02: Representative Ann Kuster’s two Republican opponents combined to raised less than half of the incumbent’s $338K total.
  • NM-02: Roxanne Lara beat incumbent Republican Congressman Steve Pearce.
  • NY-18: Representative Sean Patrick Maloney outraised rematch opponent Nan Hayworth by almost $350K. Hayworth raised only $37K and loaned her campaign $50K.
  • NY-19: Sean Eldridge outraised Congressman Chris Gibson by $260K and has banked $700K more.
  • NY-23: Challenger Martha Robertson beat troubled incumbent Congressman Tom Reed by nearly $20K, as Reed spent nearly a quarter million dollars during the quarter.
  • TX-23: Representative Pete Gallego brought in $226K, more than his three Republican primary opponents combined.
  • WV-03: Representative Nick Joe Rahall raised $425K, while party switcher Evan Jenkins has raised only $202K, and has less in the bank than Rahall raised in this quarter alone.