Here is Hotline's first-quarter fundraising chart, an overview of the early hauls of the 2020 cycle's most vulnerable incumbents. We focused on the historic class of freshman House Democrats, who will have to defend their swing seats to maintain the party's majority in the House. The most important top lines for the period, which ran from Jan. 1 to March 31:
We found 28 freshman House Democrats who raised more than $400,000, with 15 of them also surpassing $500,000. The top fundraisers: Reps. Josh Harder (CA-10); Ilhan Omar (MN-05); Antonio Delgado (NY-19); Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(NY-14); Joe Cunningham (SC-01); Katie Hill (CA-25); Max Rose (NY-11); Lizzie Fletcher(TX-07); Haley Stevens (MI-11); Tom Malinowski (NJ-07); Andy Kim (NJ-03); Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11); Elissa Slotkin (MI-08); Colin Allred (TX-32); Jason Crow (CO-06); Harley Rouda(CA-48); Lucy McBath (GA-06); Sharice Davids (KS-03); Kim Schrier (WA-08); Anthony Brindisi (NY-22); Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26); Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02); Susie Lee(NV-03); Mike Levin (CA-49); Jennifer Wexton (VA-10); Cindy Axne (IA-03); Katie Porter (CA-45); and Abigail Spanberger (VA-07). And another 13 freshman Democrats raised between $300,000 and $400,000.
Twenty-one of those freshman members mentioned above pledged to evade corporate PAC money: Harder, Omar, Delgado, Ocasio-Cortez, Cunningham, Hill, Rose, Malinowski, Kim, Slotkin, Rouda, Crow, McBath, Schrier, Brindisi, Torres Small, Levin, Axne, Porter, Allred, and Spanberger.
About two-dozen freshman Democrats had at least $400,000 in cash on hand at the end of March. Some notable cash-on-hand leaders: Harder with $790,000; Sherrill with $779,000; Delgado with $682,000; Levin with $657,000; and Rouda with $629,000.
Some of the highest vulnerable Republican fundraising totals: Reps. Devin Nunes (CA-22) with $1.2 million; Andy Barr (KY-06) with $608,000; Rodney Davis (IL-13) with $542,000; Will Hurd(TX-23) with $524,000; and Ann Wagner (MO-02) with $514,000.
Other interesting bits from the FEC reports:
IL-03: Marketing consultant Marie Newman (D) formally launched her second primary challenge against Rep. Dan Lipinski (D). (Chicago Sun-Times) She outraised him $211,000 to $129,000 last quarter. But Lipinski had $243,000 more in the bank at the end of March. (FEC/FEC)
NJ-02: Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D) raised just $120,000 — one of the lowest hauls for a Democrat in a Trump-won district. He had a closer-than-expected race over his 2018 opponent in his South Jersey seat that falls in the Philly media market. Republicans are courting a self-funder who could give Van Drew a real race.
TEXAS: The GOP incumbents in the DCCC's six Texas targets all raised over $200,000. Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23) raised the most and Rep. Kenny Marchant dominates the group in cash on hand.
The full list:
- TX-10: Rep. Michael McCaul (R) - $229,000 raised; $206,000 CoH
- TX-21: Rep. Chip Roy (R) - $253,000 raised; $321,000 CoH
- TX-22: Rep. Pete Olson (R) - $273,000 raised; $224,000 CoH
- TX-23: Rep. Will Hurd (R) - $524,000 raised; $436,000 CoH
- TX-24: Rep. Kenny Marchant (R) - $237,000 raised; $1.73M CoH
- TX-31: Rep. John Carter (R) - $369,000 raised; $474,000 CoH
Check out our full chart below. It's organized by the Cook Political Report's current House race ratings. A district number highlighted in yellow indicates an outraised incumbent. Three asterisks indicates a challenger has more cash on hand than the incumbent.