Campaign 2010

Apr 18, 2006

Democratic Candidates Have Momentum Going Into 2nd Quarter

DCCC Press

Apr 18, 2006

Democratic Candidates Have Momentum Going Into 2nd Quarter

Continuing a Record-Setting Cycle, Many Democratic Candidates are not Only Competitive with Their Opponents, Some are Outraising Their GOP Counterparts

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, as campaign finance reports come out, it is clear that Democratic candidates for Congress have momentum going into the 2nd quarter of 2006. Voters across the country are sick of the Republican status quo and responding overwhelmingly to the Democratic message of new priorities. This news comes in addition to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee being in its strongest position ever. The American people are hungry for change and these numbers show they are also willing to do something about it.

“This was a banner quarter for Democratic candidates. The American people are looking for new priorities and are choosing change over more of the same status quo that has set this nation in the wrong direction,” said John Lapp, executive director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “From stagnant wages to skyrocketing gas prices and prescription drug costs, Americans are sick and tired of the pay-to-play politics that has created corruption, scandal, and incompetence throughout the Republican Congress and the Bush administration.”

The Democratic Advantage in the First Quarter:

Democratic challengers outpace Republican incumbents:

  • (CT-02) Joe Courtney outraises Rob Simmons by $52,000
  • (CT-04) Diane Farrell outraises Chris Shays by $160,000
  • (IL-10) Dan Seals outraises Mark Kirk by $26,000
  • (MI-08) James Marcinkowski outraises Mike Rogers by $10,000
  • (MN-01) Tim Walz outraises Gil Gutknetcht by $22,000
  • (NE-01) Maxine Moul outraises Jeff Fortenberry by $124,000
  • (NH-01) Jim Craig outraises Jeb Bradley by $52,000
  • (NH-02) Paul Hodes outraises Charlie Bass $44,000
  • (PA-06) Lois Murphy outraises Jim Gerlach by $233,000
  • (PA-08) Patrick Murphy outraises Mike Fitzpatrick by $17,000
  • (VA-10) Judy Feder outraises Frank Wolf by $159,000
  • (WA-08) Darcy Burner outraises Dave Reichert by $95,000 In open seats, Democratic candidates hold the advantage:
  • By and large, Democrats in open seats dominated the first quarter fundraising period. With fundraising advantages by as much as $600,000 in the case of Francine Busby of California, Democrats are strongly positioned for success in these seats. In Democratically held seats, no Republican challenger has more cash on hand than the sitting Democrat.
  • At the end of March 2006 there are:
  • 66 Democratic Candidates with $100,000 or more cash on hand
  • 35 Democratic Candidates with $250,000 or more cash on hand
  • 10 Democratic Candidates with $500,000 or more on hand
  • 3 Democratic Candidates with $1,000,000 or more on hand
  • ** Note: these numbers do not include do not include campaigns in Indiana, Ohio, or North Carolina. Their filings are due April 20th. **