Sunday, 13 Jun 2021

Democratic candidates blew $315 million on failed Senate challenges

Democratic candidates running to unseat the Republican majority in the Senate blew hundreds of millions of dollars on the races and still fell short in six high-profile elections, according to a report.

The Democrats broke fund-raising records by hauling in $315 million in the effort to flip six seats – Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, South Carolina and Texas – but lost all of them, The Week reported on Wednesday.

Jamie Harrison raised a whopping $107.5 million in his race against GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham in South Carolina, but lost to the chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee by more than 10 percentage points.

Democrat Amy McGrath sought to topple Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky and raised more than $88 million, but ended up losing by 21 percentage points.

Theresa Greenfield failed in her bid to defeat Sen. Joni Ernst in Iowa, Steve Bullock fell short in Montana against Steve Daines, and MJ Hegar lost to Sen. John Cornyn in Texas.

One of the most vulnerable GOP senators, Susan Collins, of Maine, beat challenger Sara Gideon by 9 percentage points, even though Gideon raised $39.4 million in the third quarter.

A Senate race in North Carolina between incumbent Thom Tillis and Cal Cunningham is too close to call.

A contest between GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock was forced into a run-off when neither candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote.

Another Georgia race between Republican Sen. David Perdue and John Ossoff is still razor-thin.

The Democrats managed to knock off GOP Sen. Cory Gardner in Colorado with John Hickenlooper’s win and Democratic challenger Mark Kelly defeated Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona.

But they lost a Democratic seat in Alabama, when former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville defeated incumbent Doug Jones.

Democrats are, however, retaining a majority in the House.

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