House Campaign Reality Bites

Four Democratic candidates recently dropped their congressional bids.

Waves of color surround the Capitol Dome in Washington, early Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.
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Ally Mutnick
Sept. 22, 2017, 10:11 a.m.

The recent departures of Democrats from four House races more than a year before the midterm elections might be a sign that candidates are starting to feel the daunting pressure that comes with financing a campaign, either in crowded primaries or against formidable incumbents.

Environmental attorney Darlene Domanik abandoned the MI-08 primary against a former high-level Defense official with Obama administration connections. State House Majority Leader Bill Frick left a huge MD-06 field that includes wine retailer David Trone, who spent $13.4 million of his own money on an unsuccessful MD-08 bid last year.

Tod Curtis, an orthodontist in an overflowing IN-09 primary, called being a candidate “an insane ride” and cited his inability to reach his financing goals as he exited the race. And Army veteran Erin Cole, who was reportedly frustrated by fundraising, dropped a challenge to GOP Rep. Chris Collins, who had $1.1 million in cash on hand by July.

Cole’s exit may be the most concerning for Democrats, who are left without a challenger in NY-27.

Ally Mutnick


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