Democrats Outraising Republicans 5-1 in Key House Races

Earlier this week we took a look at the bizarre string of late-entry and replacement candidates that Republicans have fielded in a number of key State House races. In order to gain control of the State House, Republicans need to win at least 5 seats this fall — without losing any incumbent legislators — which is a mountain that may be too tall for the GOP to climb in 2014.

As a Colorado Pols analysis of fundraising results in key House districts shows, Democrats are raising significantly more money in competitive House districts compared to their Republican counterparts. We took a look at 12 of the top House districts (you can argue that your list of top races would look a little different, but you get the point), and through July 1, 2014, Democrats had raised more than $500,000, while Republican candidates combined for just a tad more than $100,000.

While so-called "soft money" from third party groups, PACs, and other special interests will certainly get involved in many of these House races, the disparity in fundraising is quite stunning. Take a look at the chart below — there is not a single Republican candidate who has raised even close to the totals compiled by their Democratic counterparts.


15 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Awen says:

    HD 59 is Durango, not Colorado Springs. FYI.

  2. Ralphie says:

    Cue Trollboy to tell us the Republicans will have plenty of money come November.  Or that these aren't targeted seats.  Or something.

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      They've given up on the House.  The fate of the world (according to CO GOP) rests on the shoulders of Laura Waters-Woods, Tony Sanchez and Tim Neville.  Nothing else matters.

  3. BlueCat says:

    Good news for Dems on the enthusiasm front, 

  4. Moderatus says:

    The Four Horsemen can't save you this year! Republicans take it all back in 2014

  5. Andrew Carnegie says:

    ColoPols News Flash:

    Some Incumbents have raised more money than challengers.

    Story to follow.

    • Progressicat says:

      Yes, we should be prepared for the Rs to "Coffman" any minute with releases on how they actually brought in more money during some arbitrary 15 mnute period on one day in the quarter.

      You may have raised more, but I beat the balls of you from 12:15 to 12:32 PM last Tuesday!

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Challengers don't need no stinking money, right AC?

      Just all that growing "enthusiasm" . . . 

      (Would now be a bad time to talk about Coffman v. Romanoff?)

    • Colorado Pols says:

      When you have the majority, you have more incumbents.

  6. Craig says:

    I'm going to tell you that HD 25 Doyle(D) v. Keyser is a target race for the Dems and people like you keep dissing the race thus resulting in no real money going to Doyle.  In spite of that she managed to raise $27,000 vs. $36,000 for Keyser (plus a $10,000 personal loan which I'm sure he'll pay back soon.  Udall carried this district in 2008?  Why can't a moderate Dem carry this district against another right-wing Republican?

  7. RockyMountainPolitico says:

    Nancy Cronk's HD37 race would be on this list just below Janet Doy's, and may be the big surprise of 2014. Nancy cavassed for re-election to her fire board until May 6th, netting the top vote count out of seven candidates, before starting her race in HD37 (she filed in April to fill a vacancy left by previous candidate Marlo Alston, who dropped out due to a family emergency). Nancy has been hitting the doors ever since. In six weeks, from May 7th, until the June 25th filing, she raised $9000. Not bad. 

    Her opponent lost a Centennial City Council race to Democrat CJ Whlean — a campaign Nancy was a part of. Nancy has good name recognition in her district from years of volunteering for many non-profits that help children, as well as in the schools. Check out her website at

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