News from the Votemaster
Both parties have now reported their Senate and House fund raising figures for the year through August. It is still bad news for the Republicans. The story is at CQ Politics here for the Senate and here for the House.
On the Senate side, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has raised almost twice as much money as his Republican counterpart Sen. John Ensign (R-NV). Ensign actually didn't want the job of chairing the NRSC. In fact nobody did, since all the Republican senators realized that 2008 was not going to be a good year for them and nobody wanted to be blamed. When Ensign volunteered, much praise was heaped on him for his willingness to try. However, with only $7 million in the bank at the moment, Ensign will be hard pressed to help out in the many critical Senate races coming up. In contrast, Schumer has plenty of money to go after the open seats in Colorado, Nebraska, and Virginia as well as races expected to be tight in Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and other states as well as defending his one troublespot, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). Here is the Senate data.
The situation in the House is similar to that of the Senate. The Democrats have reversed their the historic pattern of the Republicans outraising them. DCCC chairman, Chris van Hollen (D-MD) has $19 million in the kitty (net). He could pick the 60 top House races and put $300,000 into each one. In a House race, $300,000 is a lot of money. The majority of House incumbents haven't even raised that much yet, but of course, things haven't heated up yet. Here are the House numbers.
Note: The numbers in each cell are rounded to the nearest million, which is why the arithmetic appears to be wrong.
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