Loaded With Cash, Democrats Still Face Struggle to Win Seats

Monday, 25 Aug 2014 10:19 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Democrats are winning the fundraising battle with Republicans but they are losing the war to capture voters in the midterm elections, The Hill reported.

Despite hauling in a treasure trove of cash with the help of a smart fund drive online, Democrats are set to have their slim lead in the Senate wiped out by the GOP and face an even wider gap behind Republicans in the House.

The Hill says that cash is not king when it comes to making a difference to voters on Election Day.

More important factors are lack of voter interest in the midterm cycle, the 2010 redistricting efforts that has helped the GOP cause, and the increasing unpopularity of President Barack Obama, especially in battleground states and districts.

"The Democrats have a problem that money can't really fix," said David Wasserman, an analyst with the Cook Political Report, an online election handicapper. "They have to win over very Republican turf to gain seats, and those voters just aren't available to candidates with a 'D' next to their name."

Although Democrats are filling up their campaign coffers, Republicans say they have more than enough money in hand to win control of the Senate and expand their majority in the House.

"We are headed into the final months of the election with the resources to stay on offense," Daniel Scarpinato, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), said Friday. "With President Obama dragging down Democrats coast to coast, they are going to need more money just to stop the bleeding."

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised $136.2 million this cycle through July, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), compared to $109.4 million for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), according to The Hill.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is also leading the fundraising charge with $103.5 million this cycle, $27 million more than the $76.5 million brought in by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) over the same time frame.

Democrats face an uphill battle to win 17 seats to regain the House, with the GOP currently in control with 233 to 199 districts. And although they have a majority in the Senate, Democrats will have a tough time defending 21 seats in November, many of them in left-leaning states, while Republicans only have 15 seats up for grabs, The Hill said.

But Guy Cecil, executive director of the DSCC, believes that Democrats will retain power in the upper chamber in the midterms, saying, "We're running smarter, better campaigns with better candidates and are in position to hold the majority."

Josh Schwerin, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), said its fundraising superiority shows there are "hundreds of thousands of people across the country who are sick of this Republican Congress and want to give $10 or $20 to elect Democrats who will fight for the middle class."

"People start to pay attention after Labor Day," said Michael Czin, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee.

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