We’re less than three weeks from Election Day, and fundraising continues to run strong for Democratic candidates—most of them.
(ICYMI: The DCCC out-raised the NRCC in Q3, a spot of good news as Republican super PACs swoop in to boost floundering Republican candidates.)
But some candidates have fallen behind, due to blockbuster fundraising from their Republican opponents, or a simple lack of support from institutional sources.
Our updated 2022 Top Races slate is seven candidates who need a fundraising surge ASAP to make it through these final weeks. These are races where late funding still matters: Rush a donation of $5 or more to each candidate now.
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The candidates are:
- Cheri Beasley, US Senate-NC: During the 2020 cycle, the DSCC spent $24 million in that year’s NC Senate race; Senate Majority PAC spent nearly $36 million. So far this cycle, the DSCC spending came in late and SMP is on track to spend only $8 million.
- Katie Hobbs, Governor-AZ: Candidate fundraising is about even between Katie and her opponent, election denier Kari Lake, but Kari is being helped by more than $5 million in outside spending from the Republican Governors Association.
- Laura Kelly, Governor-KS: The Republican Governors Association has spent nearly $3 million propping up Republican Derek Schmidt. The Democratic Governors Association has spent a little over $30,000 on Kansas Democrats, including Laura.
- Tina Kotek, Governor-OR: Independent candidate Betsy Johnson is currently outspending Tina, thanks in part to Nike co-founder Phil Knight, who has given a combined $3.75 million to both of Tina’s opponents, Betsy and Republican Christine Drazan.
- Jamie McLeod-Skinner (OR-5): This race has been tightening in recent weeks, as the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF, the House Republicans’ campaign spending arm) has pumped more than $4 million into it.
- Andrea Salinas (OR-6): Cook recently downgraded this race from Lean Democrat to Toss Up, as Andrea’s opponent, Mike Erickson, has run ahead of her in fundraising for most of the year (though she did come out slightly ahead in Q3).
- Yadira Caraveo (CO-8) is another target of the CLF’s current spending spree—they’ve spent more than $4 million against her, while House Majority PAC (the equivalent Democratic organization) has spent a little over $600,000 in support.
These seven races are sorely lacking in investment, even though Democrats are within a coin-flip of winning them. Our chances can solidify or evaporate by Election Day depending on whether these candidates get the funding they need.
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