A gleeful San Francisco Chronicle reports that if campaign cash is a signal of political enthusiasm, California’s beleaguered congressional Republicans are a dour-looking bunch these days.
Already outnumbered 39-14 in the state delegation, GOP House incumbents are finding it harder than ever to raise re-election money in a strong Democratic state that’s trending even bluer.
Of the 10 Republicans targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in this year’s midterm elections, five of the GOP incumbents raised less money than their Democratic opponents in the final quarter of 2017 and two others abruptly announced their retirements rather than face an uncertain re-election.
In a sign of the breadth of the Republican cash crunch — and the extent of Democratic optimism — incumbents in two of the GOP’s safest seats, Rep. Doug LaMalfa of Richvale (Butte County) and Rep. Paul Cook of Yucca Valley (San Bernardino County), found themselves out-raised by little-known opponents with only a long-shot chance of winning in November.
No doubt some Republican seats will flip this year in California. But a blue tsunami in districts like Doug LaMalfa’s…wishful thinking Democrats.