The Best-Funded, Most Vulnerable House Republicans

Democrats are raising money everywhere, but some of the GOP incumbents they’ll need to beat have been stocking up for a fight.

Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, does a TV news interview as the Republican majority in Congress readies to deliver the biggest reshaping of the U.S. tax code in three decades, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.
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Kyle Trygstad
Feb. 2, 2018, 10:40 a.m.

By our count, as we continued to collect data Friday morning, more than three dozen Republican incumbents were outraised by at least one Democratic challenger in the fourth quarter. The money is flowing to Democrats running for open GOP-held seats as well.

Taken as a whole, the year-end fundraising reports offer a clear sign nine months out from Election Day of the enthusiasm on the Democratic side. But what shouldn’t go overlooked are the Republican incumbents who also entered the election year well prepared for what’s to come, at least financially.

Looking just at the cream of the crop, three of the 11 incumbents listed in the Cook Political Report’s Tossup column reported more than $1 million in cash on hand: Reps. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Peter Roskam (IL-06), and Barbara Comstock (VA-10). So did 10 of the 18 in the Leans Republican category: Reps. Jeff Denham (CA-10), Mimi Walters (CA-45), Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Kevin Yoder (KS-03), Andy Barr (KY-06), Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), Ryan Costello (PA-06), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Will Hurd (TX-23), and Pete Sessions (TX-32).

On the flip side, at least four of the most vulnerable incumbents had less on hand than one of their Democratic challengers: Reps. John Culberson (TX-07), John Faso (NY-19), Claudia Tenney (NY-22), and Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48).

Kyle Trygstad


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