With Republicans spending a ton of cash in congressional races that were once comfortably liberal, there’s a growing fear that not only will the GOP expand its 17-seat majority in the House next week, but Democrats will not win it back in 2016.
Democrats are caught in a financial dilemma whereby they have to stop pumping money into districts they are hoping to win and put it toward preventing once-safe seats from being captured by the GOP, according to Politico.
In recent days, with President Barack Obama’s popularity continuing to wane even among the party faithful, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has poured cash into races in Hawaii and Nevada, states which turned sharply left in 2012.
“There’s no question it’s a tough climate for Democrats right now, but it certainly doesn’t come as a surprise,” said DCCC spokeswoman Emily Bittner. “Heading into the final week of the election every single Democratic incumbent is still competitive, which is drastically different from the situation in 2010.”
There has even been increasing concerns about California Rep. Lois Capps, a congresswoman hoping to be elected to her ninth term who was a shoo-in in previous elections.