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Primary Fights Are Draining the Democrats’ Coffers

  • Surge of Democratic House candidates means more early spending
  • Republicans more often able to focus money on general election
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Where Do Democrats Go in Age of Trump?

The surge of enthusiasm among Democrats that’s produced a record number of candidates for Congress this year has come at a cost: spread out donations and campaign accounts drained by expensive primary fights.

Even as Democratic donors lavish money on the party’s U.S. House candidates in the first midterm election of Donald Trump’s presidency, an analysis of this week’s Federal Election Commission filings shows Republican candidates have more money in the bank in 17 of 23 districts rated as toss-ups in November by the non-partisan Cook Political Report.