The Late-Breaking Democratic House Targets
October 28, 2016
By Kimberly Railey
To Democrats, the new spending signals an environment breaking in their favor.
“Some of these Republican incumbents have not done the work they needed to shore up their districts, and we’re seeing Democratic enthusiasm and a distaste for the Republican Party among independents that very well could lead to picking up one, two, or all three of these seats,” said Alixandria Lapp, the executive director of House Majority PAC.
In Indiana’s open 9th District, which Trump is expected to comfortably carry, unique candidate circumstances have prompted a rare burst of spending.
Republicans nominated Trey Hollingsworth, a Tennessee businessman who took a beating in the primary for only recently moving to the district and for heavily self-funding. In the months since, even Republicans concede that his image hasn’t significantly improved.
Democrat Shelli Yoder, who was Miss Indiana in 1992, offers an unhelpful contrast for Hollingsworth, and House Majority PAC is spending $650,000 in the district on her behalf. Hollingsworth’s campaign is jumping on that outside help to tie Yoder to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.