Did candidates ride a ‘green wave’ of fundraising to victory?
Did candidates ride a ‘green wave’ of fundraising to victory? The 2018 midterm election is on track to become the most expensive midterm election ever in US history, more than 5 billion dollars will be spent as of this election cycle. That includes more than a billion dollars raised by Democratic candidates for congress. So we have data from the midterm elections from the result and we found that among the 80 most competitive house districts, third of the Democrats, who I doubt raise their Republican opponent, lost some of the most successful fundraisers got really close to winning a sea and flipping It for them across, but not quite one of them, is Amy McGrath. This is my new Mission, Craze $ 8000000 in a super red district in Kentucky, which is almost unheard of for first-time candidate. She got pretty close, but Andy Bar well as her out by a couple points, there’s also MJ Hagar who ran in Texas. She did a good job, fundraising viral campaign, video of the cycle, but she’s still a lot. So, even though momentum building for a campaign, it has a lot of limitations in weather that will translate to vote at the polls. People who are giving 50 $ 20 at a time might not live anywhere close to your District. They’Re just really excited about your candidacy, but they’re, not in your District to vote for you just because you’re getting a lot of these donors doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to win because it matters what you’re going to do with that money. Are you going to spend that money to build a well-built campaign? Are you going and that money to build a strategically sound ground game, even though it didn’t translate two victories for each of these candidates to help keep the map as expensive as it was for the house and as competitive as it was for the the money that All these candidates were able to raise really put more districts into play when the otherwise would not have been because they may have been considered a safe Republican seat on the Senate side, the real moneymaker the cycle was better of work. He raised more than 60 million dollars that was unheard of for a senate campaign, but he still lost Idaho, had been trailing in the polls behind Ted Cruz. That wasn’t a huge surprise, but also does show you the limitations of how far money can take you. A lot of his donations did come from inside the state, but still it just did not translate into On the Sunny Side. Worst thing: a lot of outside group spending on both the Democrats and the Republicans sides: the Senate majority Pac. That’S the super pack, that’s aligned with Senate Democrats and they spent more than a hundred million dollars defending many of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats who are running for re-election, obviously helping a senate Republicans was a senate leadership funds. They also spend a lot of money close to a hundred million dollars, but they clearly spent their money in a more targeted and strategic way that allowed Republicans to gain seeds. All of this money raised in 2018 doesn’t give us a clear picture for 20/20. Not yet it tells you there is a lot of energized owners on the left, but it doesn’t tell you whether they’re all going to be able to consolidate behind one Democratic Presidential nominee when it comes to 2020 and President Trump’s reelection campaign. He already has raised more than a hundred million dollars for his reelection. That’S more money than any reelection campaign has raised this early in presidential cycle and it’s a day after the midterm. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: http://bit.ly/2qiJ4dy