State Dems giving House Republicans run for their money
By John Wildermuth, July 22, 2018
Democrats looking to flip GOP-held House seats in California are turning in surprisingly strong fundraising performances as the election approaches — a sign, they hope, of an insurgent energy that will be needed to win districts that have gone Republican for decades.
But votes, not dollars, are what make election winners, and GOP leaders are convinced they have the issues to bring their voters to the polls in November.
Democrats outraised their GOP opponents in 10 of the state’s 14 Republican-held congressional districts in the three months that ended June 30, in some cases by huge margins, according to campaign finance reports made public by the Federal Election Commission.
CA-10 Candidate Josh Harder’s support surging: Josh Harder placed second in the CA-10 primary and is gearing up to face incumbent Rep. Jeff Denham in November. Democratic enthusiasm gave rise to a 12-point surge in Democratic vote share, compared to 2016’s primary. Meanwhile, Rep. Denham’s share of the vote dropped to the second-lowest of any incumbent Congressional candidate in California.
GOP party loyalty trumps helping DREAMers: Trump’s immigration policies put GOP incumbent Jeff Denham in a tough spot. Denham ultimately dropped efforts to bring a vote on a bill that would create a path to citizenship for DREAMers, signing onto a GOP-authored immigration bill instead. https://lat.ms/2tzUFVZ
Riding the blue wave: Josh Harder is one of ten new additions to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” program, highlighting candidate Harder’s strong grass-roots engagement and local support. https://bit.ly/2z8Q9mk
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OK. The news has been pretty bad. But giving up is not the answer.
The midterms are in four months.
With so much in the balance, it would be hard to overstate the importance of this election.
We have some things going for us.
We are closer than ever to our goal of flipping the House. We beat the odds and got a Democrat on the ballot in every California congressional race despite the hazardous top two primary. Volunteers have been working in CA-10 for over a year and are well prepared to spring into action to help candidate Josh Harder unseat incumbent Republican Jeff Denham. And every day more people are waking up to the extremism of the Trump administration and want to get involved.
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