A story in the Wall Street Journal says the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $82 million over the past two years and still lost 61 seats to the Republicans. But they figure their strategic spending saved another 15 to 20 blue seats that might have slipped away, and Minnesota’s Tim Walz was one of those.
DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen said in a memo obtained by the paper that the Nov. 2 “political hurricane” was caused by “high unemployment, millions in outside money spent by anonymous donors and a difficult playing field — the result of the party’s success in the last two elections in which Democrats picked up an additional 55 seats.”
He wrote that $74 million was raised by “Republican special-interest groups” in “mostly secret money in 64 districts,” which helped, among others, Republican Randy Demmer in his bid against incumbent Democrat Tim Walz.
Walz prevailed, though, thanks in part to a $276,000 ad buy on Walz’s behalf by the DCCC late in the campaign, when it became obvious that national Republican aid was helping Demmer close the gap.