The Democrats’ War Chest to Take Back the House Just Got Even Bigger
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outpaced its Republican competitor and raised record cash last month, but still trails narrowly in cash on-hand.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Thursday that it had raised $14.3 million in March—$3.8 million of which came from online contributions, with an average online gift of $17.
The DCCC’s record March total outpaced its congressional competitor, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), which raised $10.5 million in the same month. By comparison, in March of 2016, a presidential year, the DCCC raised significantly less than they posted for this past month.
While the NRCC continues to narrowly lead the DCCC in cash on-hand—with $58.8 million, compared to $57 million—the Democrats’ March haul comes at a moment in which individual Democratic campaigns are also out-raising a host of Republican congressinal incumbents.
During the first financial quarter of 2018, there were at least 58 GOP-held seats in which a Democratic challenger raised more than the GOP incumbent holding the seat.
Furthermore, the NRCC’s March 2018 total actually represents a decrease from the same monthly haul in 2017, during which the Republican outfit raised more than $15 million.
Overall, the NRCC has had a strong first quarter of the year with $31 million raised. But the DCCC has now out-raised the NRCC for consecutive months after January—an additional sign of potential trouble for Republican incumbents hoping to keep the House majority under President Trump.