Democrats Fear Their Senate Takeover Chances Dimming

Democrats frequently point with alarm to the massive $42 million haul in August disclosed by two connected fundraising committees run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. That money is now being funneled to New Hampshire, Nevada, Indiana and elsewhere.

Senate Democrats have been pressed to chip in more to make up the deficit. Last week, Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, who heads the Senate Democratic fundraising arm, announced in a private meeting that Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York had transferred $2 million from his campaign accounts to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Another concern is Clinton’s sometimes weak performance as a candidate, particularly pronounced over the past days as her campaign contended with questions over its handling of her health. Clinton’s stumbling exit from a 9/11 memorial Sunday was followed by the disclosure that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said he was “surprised and a little frustrated” that the race was so close, and said it was a concern as Democrats seek to recapture the Senate.