Lots of campaign news over the past three days. Let us review.
On Friday CQ Politics moved Nebraska’s second District from “Likely Republican” to “Safe Republican”.
(Pssst! Lee Terry is the Republican.)
On Saturday, CNN updated their list of the 100 most vulnerable House races.
Lee Terry was on that list….
He is now on a new list:
Dropped from the CNN 100.
Saturday’s Wall Street Journal said,
“Democrats say they still have a narrow path to retaining the House. Their plan includes picking up four or five seats that are now held by Republicans, winning all of the other races that tilt their way and then taking the lion’s share of the true toss-up contests.”
The article goes on to state:
“The plan also includes winning several GOP-held seats–in Illinois, Florida and Delaware, where President Barack Obama and the first lady visited this week, and in Louisiana and Hawaii.“
And NOT on that list.
And then on Sunday, the OWH endorsed Terry.
Yet even with that, many think Terry will still win! (snork)
And the latest fundraising numbers came in. The White camp was pretty excited that the Cash On Hand numbers were close.
And that’s nice if you haven’t spent any cash up to now.
But note a few things.
First, Tom White’s Vice President Biden fundraiser was a bomb.
(That’s “A” bomb, not “The” bomb.)
White received $37,817 from the committee that was formed for the Biden event — it was a joint event with the state Democrats.
However, take a look at the expenditures: White paid $10,700 to the DCCC for “operations” to reimburse for costs of Biden, security etc. Then they transferred $14,000 to the “Nebraska Victory Committee”, most likely for start-up/operations costs of the committee as it fundraised, rented the Field Club etc.
In short, White raised $37,800 but spent $24,700 to do it — netting him a measly $13,100 for the visit.
To put this all in perspective, compare this to Jim Esch from 2008.
You remember Jim Esh? Lowly Jim Esch? The candidate that was sooo much inferior to the mighty Tom White?
Well, Esch raised $340,087 in the same quarter in 2008 (July 1 – Sept 30). Tom White raised $237,892.
Oh, and this quarter, Terry raised $445,017.
And for the race so far, Terry has raised about twice as much as White.
Of course, even with all of that, we still suggest that you go and vote. It’s a good idea.