While it is certainly not the only indication of the potential success of a party ahead of an election, fundraising totals are one way to gauge how candidates of a particular party are resonating with voters. If the Q3 totals released on Thursday are any indication of the outcomes in the 2022 midterm elections, Democrats should feel pretty good today.
House Democrats have the upper hand over House Republicans in fundraising ahead of the midterms.
September: DCCC raised $14.5 million; NRCC raised $12.2 million
Q3: DCCC: $35.8 million; NRCC: $25.8 million
2021: DCCC: $106.5 million; NRCC: $105 millionhttps://t.co/NwvglYu5Mz
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 15, 2021
House Democrats raised $56.5 million in the third quarter according to reports, a record for the Democratic Party, while the House Republicans raised just $42.3 million, a record for the GOP in an off-election year, but still far behind their competition. According to The Hill:
‘The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) also said that it received $27.5 million last month alone, which it said was $10.5 million more than what the National Republican Congressional Campaign (NRCC) reported.’
Democrats credited the hard work of party leaders Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and President Joe Biden, as well as the chaos caused by unqualified and conspiracy-spouting candidates put forward by the GOP.
Even Fox News was forced to admit that the implications of these numbers bode poorly for Republicans in November:
‘The House reelection committees fundraising figures are a much watched barometer of party strength and popularity ahead of the midterm elections, when all 435 seats in the chamber are up for grabs…The GOP controlled the House for eight years before losing the majority in the chamber in the 2018 midterms amid a wave by House Democrats.’
Twitter users had a lot to say about what the numbers mean, whether they mean anything at all, and what should be the focus ahead of the November midterms. Read some of their comments below: