Capitol Report: Why these midterms are unique — Democratic House challengers are outraising Republican incumbents

If the Democratic Party wins back control of the House of Representatives on Election Day, it won’t have been all about fundraising — but big bucks certainly will have helped.

The magnitude of spending by Democratic challengers stands out this year, because typically they’re outspent by incumbents who win relatively easily, according to Sarah Bryner, research director for the Center for Responsive Politics, a campaign-finance watchdog.

“We have a lot of cases where Democratic challengers are outraising Republican incumbents — which is really rare — in the House,” she said. The Senate looks more typical on the spending front in 2018, as a number races for seats in that chamber probably were going to be competitive and expensive all along, Bryner added.

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