If Democrats needed any more bad news heading into this year’s midterm elections, this is it.
The Washington Examiner reports that the Republican National Committee (RNC) managed to out-fundraise its Democratic counterpart, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), during the month of April.
The RNC reported a fundraising hall of $14.2 million during April, while the DNC only reported a hall of $12.9 million. So, that puts the Republican committee ahead by $1.3 million, at least during that period.
The RNC, though, is also leading in fundraising overall in this election cycle. Thus far, the RNC, in total, has managed to bring in $219.9 million whereas the DNC has managed to bring in $213 million. That’s a $6.9 million advantage for Republicans.
This, though, isn’t the end of the story. The fact of the matter is that the $6.9 million lead for the RNC isn’t likely to play a significant role. And, it turns out that, currently, it is actually the DNC that has more cash on hand: $65.6 million compared to Republicans’ $43.7 million.
Two different viewpoints
Both the RNC and the DNC have released statements in response to these fundraising numbers. What these statements show are two different ways of looking at the numbers.
To RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, the numbers show that there is considerable support around the country for Republicans heading into this year’s elections.
The Republican Party is firing on all cylinders to deliver Republican victories across the country. We have incredible enthusiasm on our side and are out-raising, out-investing, and out-organizing Democrats. Americans are hurting because of Biden’s failed leadership and, come November, will send a referendum to the White House and fire Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer once and for all.
The DNC, on the other hand, argued that the fact the Democrats are as close as they are considering this Republican enthusiasm is itself a good sign.
A DNC spokesperson said:
Engagement from President Biden, Vice President Harris, the First Lady and the Second Gentleman has helped fuel the DNC’s fundraising success. Over half of all new donors to the DNC and one-third of the one-time revenue raised from grassroots channels in April came in from email, texts, and mailings signed by White House principals.
Republicans need to net five seats later this year to retake the U.S. House of Representatives, and they need to net even fewer to take the Senate.
Polls, among a number of other signs, have consistently suggested that Republicans are expected to at least take back the House. The expected margin of victory, though, has varied.