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Jumping off a sinking ship
Mike Berg | May 3, 2021

House Democrats are starting to realize their majority is doomed. 

The Washington Post reports a growing list of House Democrats, mostly competitive districts, are likely or already headed for the exits:  

  1. Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
  2. Tim Ryan (OH-13)
  3. Conor Lamb (PA-17)
  4. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02)
  5. Filemon Vela (TX-34)
  6. Charlie Crist (FL-13)
  7. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07)
  8. Val Demings (FL-10)
  9. Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06)
  10. Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15)

And who can blame them?

Democrats’ campaign arm blew their best chance to pad their slim House majority this weekend when they got shut out of the runoff in TX-06, a district targeted by the DCCC last cycle that President Trump carried by 3 points.

The DCCC did not spend money in TX-06 – but they’ve been lighting their money on fire in much more creative ways: 

  1. The DCCC spent $500,000 on false attack ads tying Republicans to QAnon two years out from the election.
  2. The DCCC spent $1,400,000 on an ill-fated attempt to steal an election in Iowa’s Second Congressional District.
  3. The DCCC spent an undisclosed amount on a billboard in Orlando attacking Republicans who do not represent Orlando.
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