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In whole, these teams have spent nearly $183 million on 58 totally different contests, and it is cut up very evenly: 29 of those seats are held by Democrats and 28 by Republicans, with Republican-turned-Libertarian Justin Amash’s seat additionally focused by each events. (One of many GOP’s “targets,” nevertheless, is only a stunt: Nancy Pelosi.) Up to now, the GOP has spent $92 million and Democrats $90 million, however this does not account for the large monetary benefit that Democratic campaigns themselves have total.

Assigning all vacant seats to the get together that beforehand managed them, Republicans have 201 seats within the Home, that means they’d have to make a web acquire of 17 so as to win the 218 seats crucial for a majority. Whereas which may not seem to be a big quantity, particularly given than 30 Democrats sit in districts Donald Trump carried in 2016, Republicans are taking part in as a lot protection as offense, making flipping the Home a really tall order.

We clarify extra about how this tracker works—and what it does and does not embody—in our introductory post, or you’ll be able to simply dive right into the data. We’ll be issuing updates each week by means of the election.

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KS-Sen: Barbara Bollier (D): $13.5 million raised, $7.6 million cash-on-hand

SC-Sen: Jaime Harrison (D): $57 million raised

AK-AL: Alyse Galvin (I/D): $1.8 million raised

TX-21: Chip Roy (R-inc): $1.46 million raised, $2.4 million cash-on-hand


GA-Sen-B: Each the Democratic agency Public Coverage Polling and the Republican pollster Landmark Communications, engaged on behalf of WSB-TV, are out with new surveys of the Georgia Senate particular that present pastor Raphael Warnock firmly in first place within the all-party major. First up is PPP, with its June results in parentheses:

  • Pastor Raphael Warnock (D): 41 (20)
  • Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-inc): 24 (21)
  • Rep. Doug Collins (R): 22 (23)
  • Businessman Matt Lieberman (D): 3 (11)
  • Former U.S. Legal professional Ed Tarver (D): 0 (3)

The pattern additionally has Joe Biden edging out Donald Trump 47-46.

Subsequent is Landmark, which is releasing numbers on this contest for the first time:

  • Warnock (D): 36
  • Loeffler (R-inc): 26
  • Collins (R): 23
  • Lieberman (D): 3

Landmark reveals Tarver, whose assist additionally rounded right down to 0%, behind 5 extra candidates. Respondents favor Trump 49-47.

Till just lately, most polls confirmed Loeffler in first place whereas Warnock and Collins have been in a decent race for the second spot in an all-but-assured January runoff. Nevertheless, several other surveys launched in late September and early October have additionally discovered Warnock, who picked up an endorsement late final month from Barack Obama, in first as Loeffler and Collins battle it out for the second place runoff spot. And whereas Lieberman has been in fourth place for some time in most surveys, current polls, together with PPP and Landmark’s, have additionally put his assist within the single digits.

Warnock can also be up with a new commercial that tells voters methods to discover him on the poll within the 21-person(!) race. Warnock, who’s first proven standing in line for lunch in an elementary faculty cafeteria and later donned in commencement robes, tells the viewers, “When your final title begins with the letter ‘W,’ you get used to being on the finish of the road. And identical to I used to be at commencement, this election finds me there once more.”

The digicam then reveals a poll as Warnock explains, “Within the particular election for U.S. Senate, the names on the poll are listed in alphabetical order. So you must look all the best way down there to search out Warnock.” The candidate concludes, “I could also be close to the top of the alphabet and the poll, however I will all the time put Georgia first.”

MT-Sen: Senate Majority PAC has a brand new industrial tying Republican Sen. Steve Daines to China, a rustic he has spent months attacking in his personal commercials. “Daines lived in China for years working for efforts to maneuver factories and jobs to the tune of getting 4,000 American employees laid off,” a rancher recognized as Cliff says, including, “He is doing the bidding of China and so they’re calling him China’s cheerleader in the US Senate.”

NC-Sen: Politico reviews that the NRSC has reserved an additional $3 million here.

SC-Sen: Democrat Jaime Harrison is running digital ads ostensibly attacking former Structure Celebration candidate Invoice Bledsoe, however his actual objective is to extend Bledsoe’s title recognition to provide right-leaning voters an alternative choice to his true opponent, Republican Lindsey Graham. The far-right Bledsoe in truth dropped out of the race earlier this month and endorsed Graham, however his title will nonetheless seem on ballots. That is why Harrison is “criticizing” him as “Too Conservative” whereas additionally noting that he is “100% Professional-Trump, Professional-Gun, Professional-Life.”

Bledsoe has generally earned just 2-3% when he is been examined in polls, however that may very well be sufficient to swing a detailed race. Similar efforts regarding Libertarian candidates have helped Democrats win a number of shut races in Montana, however these have all the time been orchestrated by third-party teams. Nevertheless, Harrison’s record-shattering $57 million fundraising haul within the third quarter is permitting him to marketing campaign in ways in which few Senate hopefuls are ever in a position to.

Extra historically, Harrison has additionally unveiled a new TV ad geared toward his personal supporters narrated by the celebrated actress Viola Davis, herself a Palmetto State native. “One thing’s taking place in South Carolina,” she says. “Hope that issues can get higher, religion that we are able to elect new leaders who put nation earlier than get together, perception that elections should not be about proper versus left however about proper versus incorrect.” The minute-long spot contains a well-crafted phase 10 seconds wherein a lady locations a Harrison yard signal on her garden, then glances cautiously upward, hoping for acceptance from her neighbor—who rewards her along with his personal cautious smile, which she returns.


AZ-Sen: Trafalgar, which often provides Donald Trump some of his friendliest numbers anywhere, additionally polled Arizona’s presidential race this month. Nevertheless, the presidential ballot was within the subject Oct. 6-8 whereas the Senate survey was carried out Oct. 6-9, so these aren’t the identical samples of voters.

MI-Sen: Whereas Baldwin Wallace College finds Sen. Gary Peters doing about in addition to Joe Biden, each YouGov and particularly Siena discover the incumbent working nicely behind the highest of the ticket. The NYT writeup of its poll from Siena says, “A part of Mr. Peters’s weak point is that he has up to now didn’t match Mr. Biden’s tallies amongst nonwhite voters, who disproportionately stay undecided.”

It is doable that James, who could be Michigan’s first Black senator, may win significantly extra assist from voters of coloration than Republicans often get, although that is removed from assured. Based on CNN’s 2018 exit polls, James lost nonwhite voters 78-19 when he challenged Sen. Debbie Stabenow final cycle, which was barely worse than GOP gubernatorial nominee Invoice Schuette’s 77-19 deficit with this demographic.


CA-50: Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar’s newest ad goes after Republican Darrell Issa’s historical past of wrongdoing, with a narrator kicking issues off by saying that the previous congressman “has an extended report… a felony report.” The voiceover continues: “Issa pled responsible to an unlawful weapons cost, and was arrested with tear gasoline and firearms. He is been charged with grand theft auto, suspected of arson, and even demoted within the army.”

“And final yr, Republicans held up Issa’s bid for a Trump administration job after his FBI file raised issues,” the spot concludes, a put up the Senate never confirmed him for because of his unsavory past.

CO-03: A new DCCC ad goes arduous at Republican Lauren Boebert over her many run-ins with the legislation, each felony and civil. “Some individuals say guidelines are supposed to be damaged,” the narrator begins. “Lauren Boebert actually means it.” The advert goes on to explain how Boebert “defied pandemic restrictions to maintain her restaurant open,” has “been arrested 3 times,” and “was a no-show when summonsed to courtroom.” It concludes, “Now this legislation breaker, desires to be a lawmaker? C’mon.” We have beforehand delved deep into Boebert’s arrest history and her failings as a restaurateur.

MI-06: The Congressional Management Fund is running another ad attacking Democrat Jon Hoadley over a weblog he maintained in school in 2004 and 2005, utilizing remarks that LGBTQ activists have said were taken out of context. The Victory Fund, which has endorsed Hoadley, has also called the ads homophobic (Hoadley is homosexual) and criticized Republican Rep. Fred Upton for not condemning the attacks.

VA-05: In an surprising transfer, the DCCC has begun advertising in Virginia’s fifth Congressional District, a Republican-held seat that hadn’t beforehand appeared in any media reviews in regards to the committee’s TV advert reservations. The spot options two dudes wrestling as a narrator says, “Bob Good’s been wrestling with some radically unhealthy concepts,” together with “a tax scheme that provides $1.9 trillion to the debt and places Social Safety and Medicare in danger.” (As you have in all probability discovered by now, Good himself was a wrestler and coach.) “Throughout these powerful instances,” the advert concludes, “Virginia cannot afford one other physique slam from Bob Good.”

Based on a supply who tracks Democratic media buys, the DCCC has laid out $140,000 to run this advert for the approaching week. Up to now, the NRCC and CLF have spent $712,000 to boost Good.


  • CA-01: Lake Research Partners (D) for Audrey Denney: Doug LaMalfa (R-inc): 49, Audrey Denney (D): 45 (June: 46-41 LaMalfa)
  • FL-15: DCCC Analytics (D): Scott Franklin (R-inc): 42, Alan Cohn (D): 39 (46-45 Trump)
  • FL-16: Change Research (D) for Margaret Good: Vern Buchanan (R-inc): 48, Margaret Good (D): 45 (50-46 Trump)
  • FL-16: Data Targeting (R) for Vern Buchanan: Buchanan (R-inc): 52, Good (D): 37 (early Oct.: 53-37 Buchanan)
  • NC-08: DCCC Analytics (D): Pat Timmons-Goodson (D): 42, Richard Hudson (R-inc): 39 (47-43 Biden)

CA-01: That is the primary survey we have seen of the competition for this rural Northern California seat since Audrey Denney launched her final inner. Trump won 56-37 here in 2016, whereas LaMalfa beat Denney 55-45 final cycle.

FL-15: The one different ballot we have seen right here was an early September inner for Alan Cohn from GQR that confirmed Scott Franklin up 49-42. There was no serious national party spending on both facet on this central Florida seat, which backed Trump 53-43 four years ago, although this DCCC inner reveals the committee is keeping track of this race.

FL-16: That is the second week in a row now we have dueling polls of this Sarasota-based seat, which supported Trump 54-43 in 2016. Margaret Good just lately launched an inner from GSG that confirmed Rep. Vern Buchanan and Trump up 49-43 and 49-47, respectively; Buchanan fired again with a Information Concentrating on survey that had him forward 53-37. Neither of Buchanan’s releases included presidential numbers.

NC-08: This DCCC ballot is a bit higher for Pat Timmons-Goodson than her late September inner from Good Corners, which showed Rep. Richard Hudson and Trump ahead 44-42 and 47-44, respectively.

Republicans have not launched any numbers of their very own from this 53-44 Trump seat, which incorporates Fayetteville and a few of Charlotte’s suburbs. Group Purple is performing like this race is aggressive, although, and the Congressional Management Fund has already spent over $540,000 towards Timmons-Goodson.


Particular Elections: There are 4 runoff particular elections in Mississippi on faucet for Tuesday. Particular elections in Mississippi are formally nonpartisan so candidates usually are not recognized by their get together affiliation. Moreover, Mississippi is without doubt one of the most tough to wrangle information from so we should not have previous presidential outcomes for these districts, though for state Home races we do have results from 2019’s statewide slate.

MS-SD-15: This Republican seat that incorporates Starkville, house to Mississippi State College, grew to become vacant when former Sen. Gary Jackson resigned in June. Educator Joyce Meek Yates will face businessman Bart Williams: Within the first spherical of voting, Williams outpaced Yates 34-28. This seat has been solidly Republican prior to now as Jackson had little hassle routinely successful re-election, together with an unopposed run in the last election in 2019.

MS-SD-39: This Republican district in southern Mississippi grew to become vacant when former Sen. Sally Doty was appointed to lead the Mississippi Public Utilities Employees. Legal professional Jason Barrett is taking over Financial institution of Brookhaven chairman Invoice Sones: Sones narrowly led Barrett 26-23 within the first spherical of voting. Like SD-15, this district is strongly Republican, and Doty, like Jackson, was unopposed in 2019.

The make-up of this chamber is 34-16 in favor of Republicans with these two seats vacant.

MS-HD-37: This Republican district simply north of Starkville grew to become vacant when former Rep. Gary Chism resigned in June. Former Lowndes County Faculty District superintendent Lynn Wright is dealing with businessman David Chism, who’s the cousin of the former representative. Wright practically gained a majority in spherical one, besting Chism 49-32.

It is a firmly Republican district that GOP Gov. Tate Reeves carried 64-35 on his method to a 52-47 statewide win. Gary Chism had little hassle successful re-election on this district, together with 2019 when he confronted no Democratic opposition and turned again Libertarian Vicky Rose 72-22. Apparently, Rose ran within the first spherical of voting right here this yr and finished with 19%.

MS-HD-66: This district simply south of Jackson is the one Democratic-held seat of the lot, and it grew to become vacant when former Rep. Jarvis Dortch resigned in July. Former instructor Bob Lee Jr. is dealing with off towards Jackson Metropolis Councilman De’Keither Stamps: Stamps led Lee 40-26 within the first spherical. Dortch was unopposed in each his 2015 and 2019 runs right here, and Democratic candidates dominated in the entire statewide races in 2019, with Jim Hood prevailing by 71-28 for governor.

The make-up of this chamber is 73-45 in favor of Republicans, with one unbiased member and three seats (one along with these two) vacant.

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