Tag Archives: Campaign 2018

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Trump Amps Up Attacks on Democratic Party

“The Democrats have become too extreme, and they’ve become, frankly, too dangerous to govern. They’ve gone wacko. The only reason to vote Democrat is if you are tired of winning.”

— President Trump, quoted by the Omaha World Herald.

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Bloomberg to Give $20 Million to Support Dem Senate Races

$20 million

Michael Bloomberg “will give $20 million to the main Democratic Senate super PAC this week — jolting the national battle for control of the chamber just five weeks away from the midterm elections,” the Washington Post reports.

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Environmental Groups Spending Big on Elections

$60 million

The League of Conservation Voters plans to spend a record-breaking $60 million helping Democrats win congressional and state legislative seats, the Washington Post reports.

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Democrats Riding a Green Wave of Money Toward Midterms

$151,000

Joshua Green: “They’ve caught a green wave of cash— the torrent of money pouring into Democratic campaign coffers helped 73 House candidates out-raise Republican incumbents and opponents in races for open seats in the second quarter, a Bloomberg analysis of Federal Election Commission data shows. … In the second quarter of this year, non-incumbent Democratic House candidates raised more than three times the amount they did in the same period in 2014. That works out to an average of $151,000 per candidate, compared with $101,000 in 2014.”

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Republican National Committee Has Already Contacted 20 Million Voters

20 million

“The RNC told NBC News it has already made 20 million traditional voter contacts by phone or door knocking this election cycle, a large number for a non-presidential election year. … That’s just part of the total 487 million contacts it says it has already made this cycle, including emails opened (250 million), calls made for data gathering purposes (183 million), digital petitions or surveys completed (19 million), direct mail sent (9.6 million), and get-out-the-vote calls made (5.6 million).”

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Race to Replace Issa Is Nation’s Most Expensive House Contest So Far

$14.9 million

“The 16-candidate free-for-all to replace Congress’ wealthiest member, retiring Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), has become the most expensive House of Representatives race in the nation, with a combined $14.9 million spent by candidates and outside groups,” the Orange County Register reports.

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O’Rourke Has a Hot Fundraising Quarter

$6.7 million

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) raised over $6.7 million for his U.S. Senate bid in the first quarter of 2018, “a staggering number that poses a new category of threat” to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the Texas Tribune reports. “The haul is easily O’Rourke’s biggest fundraising quarter yet, more than double his next-closest total for a three-month period. It also is more than any Democratic Senate candidate nationwide took in last quarter, O’Rourke’s campaign said.” And that’s without taking any PAC money.

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Third of GOP Congressional Race Ads Target Pelosi

34%

USA Today: “The House Democratic leader has been featured in roughly one-third (34%) of all GOP broadcast ads aired in House races this year… That compares with 9% in all of 2016 and 13% in 2014.”

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Finally – a Pollster Asks How the Majority of 2016 Voters View the Political Scene

logo-pppOn Dec. 21, Public Policy Polling sent out a series of tweets with results from recent polling of normal American voters. As the pollster put it, “We know people get sick of hearing what Trump voters think about things, so here's a thread on what supporters of the popular vote winner think about things…”

Here’s what PPP found in its poll of people who voted for the candidate who won the most votes in the 2016 election:

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Poll: Rep. Darrell Issa Down by 10

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