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.


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  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. ModeratusModeratus 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.

  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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