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No fewer than 65 House seats across the country — an overwhelming majority held by Democrats — are at risk of changing political hands this fall, enough to bolster Republican hopes of regaining power and stoke fears in President Obama's party of losing it.
Democrats are prepared to spend $49 million on TV ads during the final weeks of the midterm elections in their effort to maintain the party's House majority in the face of a strong challenge by Republicans and an anti-establishment bent among voters.
Democrats on Tuesday denounced an Iowa Republican congressman who says President Obama favors blacks over whites, and a GOP candidate from Colorado canceled a fundraiser the Iowan was to keynote.
House Republicans are so confident of making major electoral gains this year that they're now daring some senior Democrats not to retire and instead face defeat at the ballot box.
The fundraising arm of House Republicans continues to fall behind its Democratic counterpart, as its cash reserves dwindled last month after an expensive special election in Illinois and an embezzlement scandal involving a former treasurer.
Democrats are targeting five Republican House members this week with radio advertisements and telephone calls to criticize their votes against expanding a health care program for children.
The fund-raising achievements and the financial positions of the two national party committees in charge of collecting and spending money on behalf of House candidates have undergone major reversals since the Democrats seized control of the U.S. House of Representatives in last year's elections. During the first six months of 2007, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised $36.4 million, nearly $7 million more than the $29.5 million raised by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). On June 30, the DCCC had $19.5 million in cash on hand and debts of $4.1 million, leaving a "free-cash" position (cash-on-hand minus debt) of $15.4 million at midyear. By contrast, the NRCC had only $2 million in cash on June 30 and $4.3 million in debt. Thus, the NRCC's free-cash position was a negative $2.3 million, a situation the NRCC had not encountered since mid-1993, the last time Republicans were the minority party in the House.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this week began running radio advertisements to criticize 12 Republican House members for their "lock-step" support of President Bush's war policy.
November's congressional elections, which installed Democrats in control of both the House and the Senate, have caused major reverberations for the House and Senate fund-raising committees of each party. The Democratic committees have have achieved amazing hard-money fund-raising advantages during the first six months of 2007. Today we will review how things have changed on the Senate side.