Democrats Announce $20 Million Effort to Hold the House in Midterms

Democrats will spend at least $20 million on the 2022 midterm elections to try to retain control of Congress, party chair Jaime Harrison said Tuesday.

Speaking on a livestream with the National Press Club, the head of the Democratic National Committee said the party plans to spend a minimum of $20 million earlier and in more states than previous elections.

Democrats Announce $20 Million Effort to Hold the House in Midterms

Democrats have a tiny majority of fewer than a half-dozen seats in the House and an evenly split Senate, and midterm races tend to favor the party out of power.

“We’re going to start our coalition-building earlier,” he said. “You’ve heard the criticism of the Democratic Party, ‘Why are they just sending people to our community three months before the election?’ Well, folks, we are going to end that right now. We are going to start sending people to your community now.”

He said Democrats would have staff “on the ground” in battleground states like Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as soon as possible, with more states this summer. He said the party is focusing on the state House and governorship in Virginia, which holds elections this year.

He said the new efforts will build on the success Democrats had in Georgia’s presidential and Senate races, using grassroots outreach and advertising to reach voters.

“We’re taking that playbook that we had in Georgia, and we’re going to replicate that in the 2022 cycle,” he said.

Harrison added the midterm efforts would also include efforts to push back against new state laws restricting voting, calling such proposals “fundamentally un-American. It is not who we are as a people.”

A former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, Harrison drew national attention and broke fundraising records in his unsuccessful campaign against Senator Lindsey Graham last year.

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