House Democrats outraising Republicans in midterm races

House Democrats have opened a yawning fundraising advantage over their Republican opponents in 2022 midterm races.

Dem incumbents currently being targeted by the GOP have on average close to $2 million in the bank, while Republican incumbents facing challenges from Democrats have just $750,000, according to a new analysis by Roll Call.

Incumbent Democrats seeking reelection in districts Donald Trump won in 2020 held an average of $1.5 million cash on hand as of June 30. Incumbent Republicans representing districts won by President Biden had $1.2 million on average.

The data is taken from the second-quarter disclosures from the Federal Election Commission. Roll Call stressed it was still early to say how the money race would ultimately shape up. In some cases incumbents do not yet face a challenger. Statewide partisan redistricting to comply with the 2020 census promises to scramble the races still further.

As the party out of power, Republicans are also expected to have a traditional edge in the coming contests.

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) brought in more than $1 million.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) brought in more than $1 million.

The average was skewed somewhat by a number of Democratic mega fundraisers like California Rep. Katie Porter. She hauled in $2.7 million in the second quarter and had $12.9 million cash in the bank as of June 30. Republican fundraising standouts included California GOP Freshman Young Kim and Pennsylvania’s Brian Fitzpatrick, who both hauled in more than $1 million.

Still, the numbers aren’t all peaches and cream for Democrats. A total of 49 Democrats and 43 Republicans took in at least $500,000 as Republicans closed historical fundraising gaps with aggressive forays into digital, Politico reported.

In another potentially troubling sign, The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $8 million more than their counterparts at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the first half of 2021.

“Republicans are leading the money race right now thanks to strategic investments in online fundraising and Americans’ desire to stop Nancy Pelosi’s socialist agenda,” NRCC Spokesman Mike Berg told The Post, dismissing the analysis.

Huynh Nguyen

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