DemDaily: The Top Ten

August 26th 2016

Republicans currently control the US House of Representatives - 247 seats to the Democrats' 186 (two vacancies in Pennsylvania 2nd CD and Hawaii 1st CD).

Despite a positive shift in the numbers, Democrats face a daunting challenge - they must win 30 GOP seats to take back the House.

The average cost of a winning Congressional campaign in 2012 was $1.6 Million, a 344% increase over the cost 25 years ago.

This pales, however, in comparison to to the amounts outside groups are spending on top House races.

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The biggest investors are the House leadership groups - the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) the House Majority PAC (Dem) and the Congressional Leadership Fund (Rep).

Under Citizens United (January 21, 2010) the US Supreme Court, citing freedom of speech, prohibited the restriction of independent political expenditures by a nonprofit corporation.

State
Cong
District
Candidates
Campaign Spending
Outside Spending
Presidential/ Projected**
Colorado 6 Mike Coffman* (R) vs Morgan Carroll (D) $1,196,894 $11,385,000 Lean Clinton
Nevada 3 Danny Tarkanian (R) vs Jacky Rosen (D) $1,076,446 $11,186,000 Lean Clinton
Florida 26 Carlos Curbelo* (R) vs Democrat TBD $2,036,915 $10,244,000 Tossup
Nevada 4 Cresent Hardy* (R) vs Ruben Kihuen (D) $1,428,784 $8,833,000 Lean Clinton
Minnesota 8 Rick Nolan* (D) vs Stewart Mills (R) $1,740,227 $8,674,000 Likely Clinton
Illinois 10 Bob Dold* (R) vs Brad Schneider (D) $3,671,065 $6,268,000 Likely Clinton
Nebraska 2 Brad Ashford* (D) vs Don Bacon (R) $973,307 $6,162,000 Lean Trump
Maine 2 Bruce Poliquin* (R) vs Emily Cain (D) $1,036,093 $5,894,000 Lean Clinton
Virginia 10 Barbara Comstock* (R) vs LuAnn Bennett (D) $1,365,236 $4,899,000 Lean Clinton
New Hampshire 1 Republican TBD vs Carol Shea-Porter $1,768,646 $4,856,000 Lean Clinton

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*Incumbent
**Based on polling averages compiled by RealClearPolitics and FiveThirtyEight

For more information on the Top Ten, check out The Hill.

Stay tuned for the Top Senate races - coming soon!
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