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Republicans Have Money Advantage in Most Key U.S. House Races

  • GOP has bigger campaign balance in 13 of 18 districts reviewed
  • Power of incumbency and fewer competitive primaries help GOP
Ryan Makes Pitch for Votes as Budget Deal Hits Bumps in House
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Republicans defending seats in some of the most competitive House races hold a financial advantage over Democratic challengers as the campaign for control of Congress enters a crucial phase, a Bloomberg tabulation of Federal Election Commission reports shows.

Democrats trying to wrest control of the House in November are running up against the power of incumbency and one of the main pitfalls of the surge of party enthusiasm in the first midterm of Donald Trump’s presidency: multicandidate primaries that splintered donors and drained campaign accounts.