Fundraising reports for Congressional candidates were due last night, and I’ve been poring through the House numbers to glean some early trends:
1) Wounded incumbents. It’s a warning sign for members of Congress if they have trouble raising more money than their challenger at this early stage in the election. With all the perks of office, this is the time when building a financial advantage against an opponent should be easiest. But if members are losing public support back home, it’s often revealed in their financial figures.
One of the most disappointing fundraising performances came from freshman Rep. Travis Childers (D-Miss.), who only raised $110,000 – one of the worst totals for a targeted Democrat. State senator Alan Nunnelee, his likely Republican opponent, nearly doubled that amount, raising $201,000.