Even on their home turf, Republicans are getting badly beaten in the race for cash.
One day after Republicans barely hung on to a deeply red House district in Arizona, the GOP is grappling with the fact that its Senate candidates in states that Trump easily won in 2016 now badly trail Democrats in terms of fundraising.
The revelation is the just the latest piece of evidence to suggest Republicans could be facing gale force winds in both chambers this election cycle.
The Democratic fundraising advantage in states like Missouri, Montana, and Indiana is rather stunning.
“The 10 Democratic incumbents running in the November election from states won by President Donald Trump raised a combined $24.4 million in the first three months of the year, while the Republicans with at least $50,000 in their bank accounts in those states — 20 in all competing in eight contested primaries — raised $9.4 million,” Bloomberg reports.
Even worse for Republicans, they’ve already spent way more money on those 10 Senate races than Democrats have. That means Democrats currently boast a massive cash-on-hand advantage seven months before Election Day.
“The 10 Senate Democrats had a combined $78.4 million in their campaign accounts as of March 31, more than two-and-a-half times as much as the combined $28.6 million held by the Republican field of candidate,” according to Bloomberg.
Meanwhile, contentious GOP primaries in states like Mississippi and West Virginia are draining bank accounts even before Republicans square off against Democrats.
This all represents a rather stunning turn of events for the GOP. Twelve months ago, Republicans looked at the 2018 midterm Senate election map and thought they saw a huge advantage. Democrats have to defend 26 Senate seats in November, many of them in states Trump won easily, while Republicans just have to fend off Democrats in eight states.
But with Trump historically unpopular and a blue wave of Democratic enthusiasm growing, suddenly the Senate appears to be in trouble for Republicans.
Indeed, some strategists are suggesting the GOP essentially give up defending the House and spend its time and resources trying to hang onto the Senate.
But even there, the challenges mount as Democrats have no problem outraising Republicans in states that Trump won by 15 and 20 points.