Republicans Narrow Democratic Fundraising Lead for 54 House Races

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 09:40 AM

By Ronald Kessler

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Democrats are outpacing the Republicans in fund raising for the 54 most-contested 2014 House elections, but the gap between the parties has tightened, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Democratic candidates in those races raised $14.9 million in the first three months of 2014, giving the party a slight lead over Republicans, who raised $13.8 million, according to the newspaper.

Last year, Democrats in the same races beat the GOP by more than $10 million, or 35 percent. In the latest period, their advantage was only 8 percent.

Republicans outnumber Democrats by 34 seats in the House and there are three vacancies.

Democrats need a net gain of 17 seats to claim a majority, "a prospect that independent analysts say is unlikely," the Journal said.

Andrea Bozek, a spokeswoman for the GOP's national House campaign arm, told the Journal: "Voters understand that it's going to take a lot of money for Democrats this cycle to explain their vote for Obamacare."

Rep. Steve Israel, who leads the Democrats' House campaign, issued a statement saying the party is optimistic: "Americans are sick and tired of a Republican Congress that shut down our government and nearly forced the country into default.

"Americans are hungry for a Congress that will buckle down and focus on creating jobs and strengthening the economy — and that's why they're supporting the DCCC at record levels."

The Associated Press reported Wednesday showing that donors gave more than $10 million in March to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and that the group has amassed a $40 million war chest.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is due to announce March fundraising numbers by Sunday. It ended February with almost $24.8 million banked, according to AP.

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