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The 17 GOP members running for reelection on the campaign committee's ROMP program, designed to protect vulnerable incumbents, narrowly outraised their Democratic counterparts: Those incumbents raised an average of $274,400 for the quarter, while the 29 members on the Democrats' Frontline program raised an average of $259,000.
Money and retirements remain the biggest challenges for House Republicans this cycle, Cole said. Democratic lawmakers have transferred twice as much money to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as Republicans have transferred to the NRCC through the third fundraising quarter of this year.On that note, the big news today is that Hastert is retiring early, and an open seat in Illinois is not one that Republicans should take for granted. The election will likely be February and to say it will be watched closely is the understatement of the year.
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