SPOTLIGHT

The Other Vulnerable Majority

Democratic fundraising so far points to a close fight for Senate control.

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., walks to a news conference, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
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Kyle Trygstad
April 16, 2018, 10:51 a.m.

Not all of the Senate first-quarter fundraising numbers are known just yet, thanks to the chamber’s antiquated paper filing, but the trend is clear: Republicans are up against a slate of well-funded incumbents and challengers as they cling to a slim majority in a favorable cycle for Democrats.

Among the dozen or so races we’re tracking and where figures were announced, five Democrats raised at least $3 million and five others raised at least $2 million. Below that were Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who both raised a respectable $1.6 million and had $6.4 million and $5.3 million on hand, respectively.

Several stories over the past week featured Senate Republican strategists sounding the alarm about the majority, with some even citing diminishing chances of holding the House as reason to start steering donations toward the more salvageable chamber.

While Democratic-held seats still lace our list of the most vulnerable, the latest fundraising numbers—including at least $2.5 million from the Democrats running in the party’s two best pickup opportunities—point to a Senate majority in jeopardy.

Kyle Trygstad

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