Hotline's Year-End Fundraising Chart

Most freshman Democrats in swing seats are starting 2020 with less than $100,000 in the bank.

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Ally Mutnick
Feb. 1, 2019, 11:23 a.m.

After a cycle of record-breaking fundraising, most vulnerable freshmen will have to start over rebuilding their war chests. Thirty-three of the 43 Democrats who flipped GOP-held seats started 2019 with less than $100,000 in the bank. And of that 33, about half had $50,000 or less.

House Democrats had a gangbusters fundraising cycle in 2018, but the question remains whether they can replicate the success in 2020 with a massive Democratic presidential primary topping the ticket.

Some exceptions in cash-on-hand: Mike Levin (D-CA 49) had $558,000; Lucy McBath (D-GA 06) had $219,000; Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM 02) had $168,000; Max Rose (D-NY 11) had $238,000; Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ 11) had $485,000.

Some notable GOP numbers: Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX 23), who only narrowly eked out a victory in his West Texas seat, ended with just $1,000 on hand. The other two remaining Clinton-district Republicans, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA 01) and John Katko (R-NY 24), have $117,000 and $48,000, respectively.

Some longtime incumbents who Democrats plan to target in 2020 have considerable bank accounts: Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX 24) who won reelection by a shockingly close 3-point margin, has a massive war chest of $1.5 million. Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO 02) has $1 million in the bank. And Rep. Steve King (R-IA 04) who is confronting multiple primary challengers, has just $26,000 in the bank at the start of the year.

Below is Hotline's year-end fundraising chart, covering the period ranging from Nov. 27 to Dec. 31. We've organized it by the Cook Political Report's 2020 House race rankings. For the most part, we just included the incumbent's filings, but in a few cases we included some challengers if they have declared 2020 rematches or appear likely to run again.


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