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Democrats Outraise Republicans For Congressional Contests

2022 is far from over.

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Although Republicans look like smart money to take back at least the House and possibly the Senate in 2022, right now Democrats are doing better at fundraising towards that goal.

Thus even though history and Biden’s horrible poll numbers are on their side, this mission is far from locked tight for the GOP. The House is only separated by 5 seats. It will be odd if Republicans don’t take it back. But out of the 34 seats up in the Senate, 20 are Republican and only 14 Democrat. As such, Republicans must defend more over a wider range. That cuts down their attack options to go after Democrat seats. Can it be done? Yes. They only need a net gain of a single seat. But even that is not a lock. It will be a close run thing.

FNC: “The Republican online fundraising platform WinRed helped GOP candidates raise $146 million in the third quarter of 2021 as the midterm elections and a chance for Republicans to take back the House and the Senate near. The total is $15 million more than WinRed’s second-quarter tally and brings the total raised on the platform so far in 2021 to $401 million, according to numbers first shared with Fox News.

Among other notable third-quarter numbers, according to a WinRed spokesperson, were that it raised $23.8 million for state and local campaigns on WinRed in the past three months, and it raised $60.5 million from first-time donors. The average donation size for the quarter was $37.60.

The $146 million performance is likely to be significantly less than what WinRed’s Democratic counterpart ActBlue brought in between July and September, as ActBlue has been around for much longer than WinRed and still routinely outraises its GOP competitor.”

“Up and down the ballot, WinRed continues to exceed expectations and deliver real results for campaigns and committees across the country. Ahead of the 2022 election, WinRed is putting the GOP on the right path to raise more money than ever before,” WinRed President Gerrit Lansing said in a statement.

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In related news, Republicans in the Iowa State House won a special election Tuesday and gained a seat held by the Democrats for decades. Pastor Jon Dunwell, 55, flipped Iowa House District 29 from Democrat to Republican after winning almost 60% of the vote. The victory, which is another recent for Republicans, gives the GOP a 60-40 majority in the Iowa State House. Iowa is a national bellwether state. This is good news for the Republicans.

“Iowans are sending a clear message—they wholly reject the policies and agenda of Iowa Democrats,” said Jeff Kauffmann, the head of the state’s Republican Party. He hopes it will contribute to a process that will “put an end to the chaos we are seeing coming out of Washington, D.C.” Maybe yes, maybe no. Ask us in October of next year.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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