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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:03 AM
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Dems catch up to GOP in contested races
Dems catch up to GOP in contested races
Aug 20, 2006, 14:41 GMT

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) -- Financial statements filed with the Federal Election Commission show that Republican congressional incumbents do not have their usual fundraising edge.

The Cook Political Report lists 27 Republicans as vulnerable. Their Democratic opponents have raised 60 percent as much money as the incumbents, the Washington Post reports.

In 2004, the report listed nine Republicans as vulnerable and their challengers had raised 42 percent of their collective war chest.

The Post said the Democrats also appear to be riding a trend, with contributions increasing even more when their candidates start to look like winners. For example, former U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Joe Sestak, running in Pennsylvania`s 7th District in the Philadelphia suburbs, has raised more money in the last quarter than the man he hopes to beat, 10-term Republican Curt Weldon.
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http://news.monstersandcritics.com/northamerica/article...
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:06 AM
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1. 60% of the money of the Republican incumbents...
...doesn't sound all that great.

The incumbent has more name recognition to begin with.

A challenger would need to outspend the incubment to get almost as much name recognition.
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:10 AM
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2. Remember, this means the corporate types are hedging their bets
They see the Democratic candidate as a "rising stock" that they ought to push some money to, else they get shut out in January 2007. In Ohio, the coal industry is giving money to Blackwell and to the Democrat Strickland
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:10 AM
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3. Hopefully (D) will be all the name recognition required. eom
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peacebird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:10 AM
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4. but incumbent Repugs are easily tied to the "culture of corruption"
which makes "vote the bums out" a viable and tasty looking alternative to "stay the course"!

:toast:
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AX10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:13 AM
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5. Democrats had more money in 1994, and they lost.
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Zynx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:29 AM
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6. Exactly. Also, Barry Goldwater had three times the money of LBJ in
1964 and it did him no good.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:11 AM
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7. Well, the DLCers used their power to do what Repugs had failed to
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 11:15 AM by w4rma
do for years and years: Pass NAFTA. The "free" traders deserved to lose in 1994.

Democrats finally take control of all three branches of government and they stab their base right in the back.

No amount of money was going to save them after that failure of judgment.

People switched parties right then and there because they no longer trusted Democrats to help them economically so without economics to hold them back they went with the Repukes for their social issues.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 01:50 PM
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8. Well put....
Ohio lost a "safe" Incumbant because of his support for NAFTA.....
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AX10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:50 PM
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9. And the GOP supported NAFTA too.
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