Dems “in jeopardy” as Katie Porter leaves seat “wide open”

March 15, 2023

POLITICO reports today that Katie Porter abandoning the 47th district to run for Senate leaves this competitive race “wide open” and puts Democrats’ hopes “in jeopardy.”

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One thing in the way of Democrats’ hopes of retaking the House? Ambition.

Brittany Gibson

As Democrats begin their mission of re-taking the House of Representatives from a razor-thin, single-digit deficit, one thing may be making that harder: the ambition of members of their own party for higher office.

So far, five members have already announced plans to run for Senate in just the first few months of the 2024 cycle including Democratic Reps. Katie Porter (Calif.) and Elissa Slotkin (Mich.), both of whom are leaving “frontline” — or highly competitive — districts.

These open seats were a welcome sight to Republicans. “The path to growing the Republican majority runs through seats like Elissa Slotkin’s. The NRCC is all hands on deck to add this seat to the Republican column in 2024,” said Jack Pandol, communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Porter raised $26 million in 2022 and spent $18.5 million on advertising compared to about $1 million spent by her opponent, Scott Baugh, who raised just $3 million, according to the FEC and AdImpact, a service that tracks political advertising.

Read the full article here.