WASHINGTON — Democratic challengers riding a wave of displeasure with Republican leaders in Washington are collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars — sometimes in a matter of days or weeks — as anti-Trump fervor is translating into hard cash for this fall’s midterm fights.
In Texas, Harvard Law graduate and refugee activist Alex Triantaphyllis has raised nearly as much the incumbent, Representative John Abney Culberson, a Republican seeking his 10th term.
In New Hampshire, first-time congressional candidate Maura Sullivan has raised twice as much as the leading Republican seeking a seat previously held by the GOP.
And in Wisconsin, a Democrat trying to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan raised $150,000 in two days after Ryan touted a high school secretary’s $1.50 salary increase thanks to the new tax law.
The strong showings in recent campaign finance filings offer a glimmer of hope for Democrats, who face a changing environment in their effort to regain the majority. Polls that just weeks ago showed deep frustration with Republicans and the president now show voters softening toward Republican, as they warm to the tax law and feel the effects of a strong economy.