Apr 19, 2004
Roll Call (subscription):
House Democratic leaders are gaining confidence in their 18 most threatened Members’ chances after the incumbents’ latest fundraising reports show they have a financial leg up on many of their Republican opponents.
The 18 Democrats, known as “Frontline” Members because of their vulnerability, have collectively pulled in $16.4 million this cycle and hold a combined $11.4 million in the bank. In the first quarter of 2004, which ended March 31, those same threatened Members raised $4.9 million overall.
Rep. Robert Matsui (D-Calif.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said that with the exception of two Texas races in which Democratic incumbents are facing off against GOP incumbents, the most threatened Members are far outpacing their Republican challengers in fundraising this cycle — in cash on hand and overall receipts.