A wave of cash is building behind the Democrats as they look to take full control of the government.
Democratic candidates are collecting huge sums of money four months from Election Day, with several Democratic challengers of the Senate smashing collection records in states that will decide which party has the majority in the upper chamber.
Presumptive Democratic presidential election Joe BidenJoe BidenTucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calling her a “coward” Joe Biden wins New Jersey primary Biden wins Delaware primary MORE outraised President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey Prosecutors steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson furthers criticism of Duckworth, calling her a “coward” Trump on Confederate flag: “It’s freedom of speech” MORE for the second consecutive month in June. During the second quarter of the year, Democratic Senate candidates in Montana, North Carolina and South Carolina published record stakes for their states. In Maine, Democrat Sara Gideon raised more than twice as much as Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsRomney, Collins, Murkowski Will Not Attend GOP Conference Susan Collins signals that she will not campaign against Biden Graham challenger Harrison raising record disruption. 0.9 million for SC Senate’s bid MORE (R) during the primary period extending over April, May and most of June.
The fundraiser comes when Biden emerges as the favorite to win the White House and the playing field is leaning in favor of the Democrats to win a majority in the Senate.
“The Republican campaigns should be troubled,” John Pudner, a veteran Republican campaign operative who now runs the non-partisan group Take Back Our Republic. “There is this theory that there is not much enthusiasm for Biden, but there is so much democratic enthusiasm to get rid of Trump … it seems there is a lot more money for the left to exploit and we see that with the tens millions of small donations going through ActBlue, which indicates a lot of enthusiasm for the Democrats. “
The influx of cash has helped Democrats go offensively against their Republican opponents early.
In South Carolina, where Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham challenger Harrison raises record disruption. 0.9 million for SC Senate bid Trump renews culture war and puts GOP on edge Bubba Wallace answers Trump: ‘Even when it’s HAT from POTUS .. Love wins’ MORE (RS.C.) is facing re-election this year. Democrat Jaime Harrison has spent about $ 7.6 million on TV, radio, digital and satellite ad purchases so far this year, according to data from Advertising Analytics. By comparison, Graham has spent about $ 2.2 million.
Harrison, a former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, announced on Tuesday that his campaign had raised a staggering $ 13.9 million over the past three months – by far the largest second-quarter stretch revealed by a Senate hopeful so far.
Republicans have a majority of 53-47 seats in the Senate, which means Democrats must pick up at least three or four seats held by the GOP – depending on which party wins the White House – to take control of the House next year.
A Democrat, Senator Doug Jones (Ala.), Is seriously at risk of losing his re-election bid, making it more likely that the party will have to win at least four seats elsewhere to secure an absolute majority.
But even with a loss of Jones in November, the Senate majority is within reach of the Democrats. Republicans in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina are considered particularly vulnerable. Democrats got another boost last month when The Cook Political Report, a non-partisan election handicap, moved the Montana Senate race to its “toss-up” column.
In Maine, Gideon has collected $ 23 million so far this bike, compared to $ 16.3 million for Collins. Gideon has not even won his primary yet and already has $ 5.5 million cash on hand, compared to $ 5 million for Collins.
In North Carolina, where the first semester is late. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland Tillis The Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump’s work approval erodes among groups that have driven their 2016 victory Cunningham challenges Senate collection record in North Carolina to challenge Tillis Senate’s outlook for GOP MORE (R) faces a competitive re-election, Democrat Cal Cunningham shattered a state quarterly record-setting record previously set in 2014 by the then Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump’s Job Approval Erodes Among Groups That Driven Their Victory 2016 Cunningham challenges Senate collection record in North Carolina to challenge Tillis The Hill’s Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as an important battleground for Senate control MORE (D). His campaign announced on Monday that it had raised $ 7.4 million during the second quarter of the year.
And in Montana, the entrance to Gov. Steve BullockSteve Bullock Health Care Group Launches M Campaign to Meet Trump in Battlefield States Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump’s Job Approval Disappears Among Groups Driving His Victory 2016 Senate Prospects Slides for GOP MORE (D) in the Senate race has placed Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David Daines Healthcare Group Launches M Campaign to Meet Trump in Battlefield States The Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump’s Job Approval Disappears Among Groups Driving His Victory 2016 Senate Prospects Slides for GOP MORE(R) the outlook for a second period on shaker ground. Bullock raised $ 7.7 million in the second quarter and also set a state collection record during the process.
These figures are particularly impressive considering the environment.
Mike Nellis, CEO of Authentic Campaigns, which runs digital programs for Cunningham’s and Bullock’s Senate bid, said the recent riot – coronavirus pandemic, economic downturn and widespread civil concern over racial justice and police brutality – had made the gathering environment more challenging, forcing candidates to fight collect money online instead of meeting voters face to face.
“You have started the pandemic, you have an economic downturn and then you have nationwide racial protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder,” said Nellis, who previously served as Sen.’s best digital strategist. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTammy Duckworth hits back at Tucker Carlson: ‘Walk a mile in my legs’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Trump wants schools to reopen, challenged to “harmless” COVID-19 comment Judd Gregg: The Coming Biden coupon MOREPresident’s (D-Calif.) Presidential Offer. “It has been a challenging environment to raise for political campaigns.”
“Our focus has been to treat people with respect and meet them where they are,” he continued, noting that potential donors are given the opportunity to opt out of email collection lists if they experience health or financial difficulties.
Campaign funding reporting in the second quarter will not be available for another week, and several Republicans, including Graham, Tillis and Daines, have yet to reveal their latest fundraising efforts.
Republicans interviewed by The Hill said that fundraising alone is not enough to win an election. Before Cunningham set the record this quarter for collection in North Carolina, the previous record had been held by Hagan, who continued to lose his seat to Tillis.
And the GOP courts had a head start on collecting this bike. Everyone will be competitive in the money game after the beginning of the year with more money at hand. While Biden surpassed Trump in June by more than $ 10 million, the president has outperformed his rival by nearly $ 400 million this cycle by getting an early start.
“I don’t panic,” said Brent Littlefield, a Washington-based GOP strategist from Maine who was a senior adviser to former Gov. Paul LePage (R).
“I have run many competitions where we have been given a lot of room by our opponents … if you spend effectively you can compensate for fundraising differences, and at some point it is a diminishing return to just throw your money out there.”
Republicans also believe that Democrats and news media have a blind spot when it comes to voters’ attitudes toward the Democratic Party’s leftist stance.
“Democrats will have to spend every penny to defend items that disqualify in the eyes of mainstream voters who will determine the outcome of important Senate races,” said Joanna Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “Personal scandals and a party gathering around a socialist agenda are problems that money cannot solve.”
But Democrats also see Georgia, where both state Senate seats will come into effect in November because of retirement last year later. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonSen. Loeffler opposes WNBA Black Lives Matter plan GOP Warnock Senate outlook raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter MORE (R).
Jon Ossoff, who is challenging Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.) For his seat, saw a sudden influx of campaign funds last month after coming out of a crowded Democratic primary. His campaign announced last week that it had raised nearly $ 3.5 million in the second quarter, with about two-thirds of the total – about $ 2.35 million – flooded after the June 9 primary.
Democrats claim that the influx of cash is a sign of enthusiasm for their candidates, especially at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the US economy and left millions of Americans without jobs and in need of healthcare.
“Democratic Senate candidates have had strong grassroots gatherings throughout the cycle, and these recent record-high numbers reflect the growing interest in these Senate battle areas and an outstanding motivation to hold Republicans accountable,” Lauren Passalacqua, communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said.