AP Photo/Ben Gray The GOP may be doing well in the polls, but when it comes to fundraising, Republican Senate candidates are lagging.
Why is that important? Fundraising says a lot about a candidate’s organization and the enthusiasm and commitment of his supporters. It’s also a rough indicator of how a candidate is faring in the race.
With less than four months to go before election day, several incumbent Democratic candidates are running rings around their Republican opponents on the fundraising circuit and threatening to bury some challengers under a mountain of cash.
Axios: It’s as if big GOP donors either don’t realize a Senate majority is in reach or wrongly think it’s a sure thing. And it’s clear they don’t like a lot of the Trumpy candidates. Context: Democratic Senate candidates are posting blockbuster hauls . Republicans could be surfing a tidal wave of discontent about the country ( 75% wrong track in Real Clear Politics average) and President Biden ( 39% approval ).
What’s happening: In Arizona , the leading Republican candidate, Blake Masters, raised just $827,000 in the quarter ($1.58 million cash on hand) to $13.6 million ($24.9 million cash on hand) for Sen. Mark Kelly, the Democratic incumbent. There are a few caveats to this narrative supplied by Hot Air’s Allahpundit. After all, one of the subplots of the 2020 election was Democratic Senate candidates raising stupendous sums of money and then losing to Republicans anyway, in many cases badly. When Beto O’Rourke set a then-record for Senate fundraising in 2018, he at least gave Ted Cruz a scare in the general election that fall. Most of the Dems who raised mountains of cash two years later got trounced . Sara Gideon took in nearly $75 million, an amount so huge she ran out of ways to […]
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