Morning Digest: Our new candidate demographics information reveals file variety amongst 2020 Democrats


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We’ll be regularly updating this information as we come throughout new info, and it’ll type the idea for our complete information to the 117th Congress following the election. You can find similar data for the 116th Congress here, which incorporates the entire above information for each member of Congress, in addition to extra electoral and demographic stats for the constituencies they signify.

This 12 months’s Home candidates have set new information for variety, although there’s nonetheless a methods to go towards equality. Amongst Democrats, 48% of the candidates for whom we have now information are girls, 38% are individuals of colour, at the least 21 people are LGBTQ, and at the least 38 are Hindu, Jewish, or Muslim. Whereas Republicans are nonetheless overwhelmingly white, Christian, male, and non-LGBTQ, they, too, have slowly seen the variety of their recruits enhance in comparison with previous years. They nonetheless lag Democrats badly, nonetheless: Simply 22% of their candidates are girls and 18% are individuals of colour.

This information was compiled by Each day Kos Elections’ Stephen Wolf and Daniel Donner. We owe a particular due to the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, the Center for Responsive Politics, the Forward, Indian Country Today, the Justice Education Technology Political Advocacy Center, the LGBTQ Victory Fund, and Rutgers College’s Center for American Women and Politics for sharing a bunch of demographic information with us.


AK-Sen: Al Gross (I/D) $9 million raised, $5 million cash-on-hand

CO-Sen: John Hickenlooper (D): $22.6 million raised, $7.2 million cash-on-hand

AR-02: Joyce Elliott (D): $1.4 million raised

AZ-06: Hiral Tipirneni (D): $2.5 million raised, $1.5 million cash-on-hand

CA-25: Christy Smith (D): $1.3 million raised

NM-02: Xochitl Torres Small (D-inc): $2.4 million raised, $1.7 million cash-on-hand

NV-04: Steven Horsford (D-inc): $680,000 raised, $1.5 million cash-on-hand

NY-02: Jackie Gordon (D): $1.8 million raised

PA-10: Eugene DePasquale (D): $1.7 million raised, $550,000 cash-on-hand

PA-17: Sean Parnell (R): $1.6 million raised

WA-03: Carolyn Long (D): $1.24 million raised


AZ-Sen: Democrat Mark Kelly’s newest commercial options footage of him blasting off into house because the retired astronaut talks about how the journey belongs to his mother and father, everybody he served with within the Navy, and the many individuals who labored within the house program for generations.

CO-Sen: Republican incumbent Cory Gardner argues in his newest commercial that Colorado advantages from having by one senator from every get together. This name for bipartisan illustration will most likely come as a whole shock to his dwelling state colleague, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet. Gardner backed Republican Darryl Glenn’s unsuccessful marketing campaign to unseat Bennet again in 2016, saying that Glenn was “going to assist develop and preserve the Republican majority.”

MT-Sen: The Environmental Protection Fund has launched an $800,000 mail program in assist of Democrat Steve Bullock.

NC-Sen: On Tuesday night, days after Democrat Cal Cunningham acknowledged he’d exchanged romantic textual content messages with a California public relations strategist named Arlene Guzman Todd, the Related Press reported that it had obtained extra messages between Guzman Todd and an unnamed good friend by which she talked about her relationship with the married candidate.

Amongst different issues, Guzman Todd wrote that she’d been intimate with Cunningham in July at his dwelling in North Carolina, a element she confirmed to the AP. The AP didn’t, nonetheless, clarify the way it obtained the messages, solely saying that they “weren’t obtained from Guzman Todd.” There’s additionally nonetheless no phrase on how the conservative website Nationwide File, which posted screenshots of the unique messages final week, acquired the texts.

On Wednesday, the Military Reserves announced that it was investigating “the issues” of the connection between Cunningham, who’s a lieutenant colonel, and Guzman Todd, although it supplied no additional particulars. The Uniform Code of Navy Justice prohibits adultery, however legal legislation skilled Anthony Ghiotto informed CBS 17, “For reservists like Cunningham, that’s provided that they’re in uniform performing their responsibility.”

Later the identical day, Jeremy Todd, who’s Guzman Todd’s husband, said that her involvement with Cunningham occurred “throughout our marital separation” (the 2 are nonetheless married). Whereas Todd known as for Cunningham to go away the race, he additionally stated that he thought the discharge of the messages between his spouse and her unnamed good friend had been “outcomes from foul play with ulterior motives.” He additional asserted that a number of the texts had been “utterly fabricated, as I’ve seen the actual ones.”

Cunningham additionally publicly spoke to the media for the primary time since final week and as soon as once more made it clear he’d proceed working in opposition to Republican Sen. Thom Tillis.

SC-Sen: Senate Majority PAC is up with a brand new spot that when once more aims to make Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham unpalatable to Trump voters. A person getting out of his golf cart tells the viewers, “I really like golf and I am tremendous with Lindsey Graham taking part in golf with President Trump. However this is the rub: What does he do with all that entry and supposed energy?”

The golfer goes on, “Graham is in opposition to the president on time period limits, he fights for drug firms and for cuts to Medicare and Social Safety. Oh, and he is taken tens of millions from particular pursuits.” He concludes, “Twenty 5 years in Congress has turned Lindsey Graham right into a dwelling, respiration instance of the swamp we have to do away with.”


AK-Sen: Alaska Survey Analysis is run by Ivan Moore, who has worked for Democrat Ethan Berkowitz previously. We’ve solely seen two different polls right here because the group’s final survey was launched: The Democratic agency Public Coverage Polling, polling on behalf of an unidentified consumer, found the Senate race tied 43-43, whereas a late September Harstad Analysis ballot for Al Gross’ allies at Impartial Alaska had Republican incumbent Dan Sullivan up 46-45.

TX-Sen: Civiqs’ ballot for Each day Kos is sort of a bit higher for Democrat MJ Hegar than what most different corporations have discovered. Previous to the inclusion of this ballot, the Each day Kos Elections polling common stood at 46-38 Cornyn.



  • IN-Gov: BK Strategies (R) for Eric Holcomb: Eric Holcomb (R-inc): 60, Woody Myers (D): 21 Donald Rainwater (L): 6 (May: 64-21 Holcomb)
  • MO-Gov: Garin-Hart-Yang (D) for Nicole Galloway (D): Mike Parson (R-inc): 50, Nicole Galloway (D): 48 (50-48 Trump) (June: 47-40 Individual)
  • WV-Gov: Triton Polling & Research (R) for WMOV: Jim Justice (R-inc): 48, Ben Salango (D): 37, Erika Kolenich (L): 4, Daniel Lutz (Mountain Social gathering): 4 (56-38 Trump)

IN-Gov: The one different ballot we’ve seen right here in months was an early September survey from the Democratic agency Change Analysis for the native information website Indy Politics that discovered Republican incumbent Eric Holcomb main Democrat Woody Myers just 36-30, with Libertarian Donald Rainwater taking 24%. The Related Press additionally lately reported that Indiana conservatives who had been livid with Holcomb over his statewide masks mandate had been cottoning to Rainwater instead.

WV-Gov: There was just one different survey launched right here. In mid-September, Republican Gov. Jim Justice’s marketing campaign publicized an inner from Mark Blankenship Enterprises that gave him a stronger 54-27 edge.


AK-AL: The DCCC makes use of its opening TV spot to argue that Republican Rep. Don Younger, who has served as Alaska’s sole Home member since 1973, is not an asset to his constituents. The narrator reminds the viewers that Younger was fined $60,000 for “ethics violations” and “was compelled to step down from his management place on account of corruption and scandal.” She continues, “And Alaska misplaced $1 billion in transportation funding. Even Republicans say he isn’t a participant anymore.”

AZ-01: Nationwide Democrats are persevering with to run commercials in a contest that their GOP counterparts have yet to engage in. The newest spot from the DCCC, which began airing ads here a month ago, begins with a narrator asking what Republican Tiffany Shedd thinks about healthcare earlier than a clip performs of Shedd saying, “Nicely, and this is the factor. You understand, I believe we might have repealed it instantly.” Home Majority PAC, in the meantime, reviews that it is spending $500,000 to launch its first spot right here, which additionally goes after Shedd on healthcare.

Nobody has launched any polls of the race between Democratic Rep. Tom O’Halleran and Shedd on this northeastern Arizona seat, which both Mitt Romney and Donald Trump narrowly won. This is not the primary time, although, that nationwide Democrats have spent massive to guard O’Halleran at the same time as Republicans have stood by: The DCCC and HMP deployed a total of $1.6 million right here final cycle in a contest that O’Halleran ended up winning 54-46.

IA-01: The DCCC’s newest commercial makes use of a clip of Republican Ashley Hinson declaring, “I do not assume each American desires medical health insurance” to argue that she’s a menace to Iowans’ healthcare.

MT-AL: Each Democrat Kathleen Williams and Republican Matt Rosendale are out with adverts arguing that their opponent does not actually perceive Montana. Williams’ narrator by no means really mentions that Rosendale is initially from Maryland, and as a substitute argues that Rosendale’s file of placing particular pursuits over the wants of the state’s individuals “simply does not match Montana.” Rosendale’s commercial, against this, unsubtly declares that the California-born Williams “is Nancy Pelosi: A radical activist from San Francisco.”

NC-08: The conservative Congressional Management Fund is airing a commercial against Democrat Pat Timmons-Goodson in North Carolina’s eighth Congressional District, a seat the place the tremendous PAC had not introduced that it had any cash reserved. There isn’t a phrase on the scale of the purchase.

The advert itself is kind of customary fare for Republicans seeking to frighten voters today, but it surely ends on a very ugly observe in opposition to Timmons-Goodson. The advert’s narrator, a girl with a stereotypically white-sounding voice, concludes by saying that Timmons-Goodson, who’s Black, will “by no means preserve us protected,” with a really notable emphasis on the phrase “us.”

CLF is the primary of the big four House groups to run adverts right here, however Timmons-Goodson is getting some outdoors assist in her bid to unseat Republican Rep. Richard Hudson. On Wednesday, EMILY’s Checklist and BlackPAC additionally introduced that they had been spending $500,000 on a joint buy to assist Timmons-Goodson that may embody radio adverts.

This seat, which incorporates Fayetteville and a few of Charlotte’s suburbs, favored Trump 53-44 in 2016, so that is often fairly pleasant turf for Republicans. Timmons-Goodson, although, lately launched a ballot from Good Corners that confirmed Hudson and Trump up just 44-42 and 47-44, respectively. Republicans have but to reply with their very own numbers, however CLF’s advert purchase might point out that the tremendous PAC additionally finds issues uncomfortably shut for Republicans.  

NJ-03: Democratic Rep. Andy Kim’s new commercial incorporates a testimonial from a disabled voter who praises the congressman for securing masks for individuals who want dwelling care.

NM-02: Republican Yvette Herrell is running a spot starring former Rep. Harry Teague, a Democrat who was elected to signify southern New Mexico in 2008 however misplaced re-election two years later. Teague tells the viewers he is crossing get together strains as a result of “we’d like a congresswoman who will combat for schooling, healthcare, legislation enforcement, and all of our wants.”

TX-10: On Wednesday, the DCCC added Mike Siegel to its Red to Blue List. Siegel is in a rematch with Republican Rep. Michael McCaul, who beat him by a surprisingly small 51-47 margin in a 2018 contest that attracted little outdoors consideration. Their second bout is producing way more consideration, and the Texas Tribune reviews that the NRCC has begun coordinated ad buys with McCaul on Wednesday, although there is no phrase on how a lot the committee is spending.  

TX-23: EMILY’s Checklist has announced a “six-figure television program” to assist Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones. The Spanish-language adverts (here and here) distinction Ortiz Jones and Republican Tony Gonzales on healthcare.

WI-03: Home Majority PAC introduced Wednesday that it was spending $488,000 on an advert purchase in opposition to Republican Derrick Van Orden, a transfer that comes about two weeks after the Congressional Management Fund stated that it was booking $2 million to defeat veteran Democratic Rep. Ron Sort. This southwestern Wisconsin seat swung from 55-44 Obama to 49-45 Trump, although Democrat Tony Evers carried it 50-48 in 2018 as he was unseating Republican Gov. Scott Walker by an analogous margin statewide.

HMP’s narrator declares, “Derrick Van Orden known as the Inexpensive Care Act a catastrophe. The plan he helps would enable insurance coverage firms to disclaim protection for individuals with pre-existing circumstances.” The spot is airing within the La Crosse media market, which is home to about 57% of the third Congressional District’s residents.


AK-AL: That is the primary survey we’ve seen of this contest since July, when the Democratic agency Public Coverage Polling, polling on behalf of election fans on Twitter, discovered Alyse Galvin forward by the same 43-41 margin that Alaska Survey Analysis sees now.

CA-22: The Hill reports that a previously unreleased poll from June confirmed Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, who’s considered one of Donald Trump’s most distinguished toadies in Congress, main Democrat Phil Arballo 51-42; we haven’t seen every other numbers right here. Nunes was accustomed to simple re-election contests till final cycle, when he won a very expensive race 53-47 in a Central Valley seat that Trump carried 52-43.

OH-10: That is additionally the primary ballot that’s been publicized of the competition between veteran Republican Rep. Mike Turner and Democrat Desiree Tims. The memo for this survey says that an unreleased July ballot discovered Turner up 50-36. Donald Trump took this district, which incorporates Dayton, 51-44 four years ago, however respondents favor Biden 52-44.

PA-01: The one different ballot we’ve seen within the final month was a mid-September American Viewpoint for the conservative Congressional Management Fund that gave Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick a far-stronger 52-36 lead.


San Diego, CA Mayor: SurveyUSA’s new ballot of the all-Democratic mayoral race for KGTV-TV and the San Diego Union-Tribune offers Assemblyman Todd Gloria a tiny 39-38 edge over Metropolis Councilwoman Barbara Bry. The agency discovered Bry up 37-34 4 weeks in the past, and we haven’t seen every other polls in the meanwhile.

Poll Measures

AK Poll: Two polls are out looking at Alaska’s Measure 2, which might implement the first “top-four” election system in the US, they usually every discover the referendum properly forward in subsequent month’s election. In late September, the pro-Measure 2 group Alaskans for Higher Elections launched a survey from Claster Consulting that showed it ahead 59-17. Alaska Survey Analysis publicized numbers on Tuesday that discover Measure 2 successful by a smaller, although nonetheless substantial, 51-30 spread.

Measure 2 would require all of the candidates for congressional, legislative, and statewide races to face off on one major poll, the place contenders would have the option to determine themselves with a celebration label or be listed as “undeclared” or “nonpartisan.” The highest 4 vote-getters would advance to the final election, the place voters would be capable to rank their decisions utilizing instant-runoff voting. Measure 2 would additionally institute instant-runoff voting for the presidential contest, which might make it solely the second state in America apart from Maine to do that.

If a majority voted for the referendum, it might go into effect at the start of 2022. This method’s adoption might be notably impactful in Alaska because the state’s final 5 U.S. Senate elections and a majority of its gubernatorial elections since statehood have produced a winner with a mere plurality.

Different Races

MT Auditor: Should you thought {that a} business in a state auditor election could not presumably be good, assume once more. Democratic state Rep. Shane Morigeau, who can be the second-ever Native American elected to statewide workplace in Montana, is working a well-produced spot contrasting his historical past within the state with Republican Troy Downing’s weak ties to Montana.

Morigeau, who’s airing the primary advert of the race, begins by taking pictures an arrow at a map of California that lands on San Diego, the place Downing is from. Morigeau continues by telling a ranger, “And that is why he could not get a looking license right here.” The ranger offers Morigeau’s personal license utility an approval stamp, to which the candidate responds, “Wasn’t an issue for me.”

Morigeau spends the rest of the commercial speaking about his service within the legislature working throughout get together strains. Morigeau, who’s proven hauling a deer carcass out of a pickup truck, sticking a fence submit within the floor, and toasting the viewers with a drink, additionally pledges to “work to guard healthcare with people with pre-existing circumstances, crackdown on short-term junk insurance coverage and funding fraud, as a way to get pleasure from what actually issues.”

Longtime Digest readers may additionally bear in mind the bizarre story of Downing, who misplaced the 2018 GOP Senate major to outgoing Auditor Matt Rosendale. Downing seemed like a viable candidate in the beginning of the cycle, however he earned loads of dangerous press after he was charged with making an attempt to purchase looking and fishing licenses as an out-of-state resident yearly from 2011 to 2016, in addition to making an attempt to switch a license to a different individual and serving to an unqualified applicant get a looking license. Downing, who had residences in California and Montana, argued in flip that he did certainly meet the residency necessities and unsuccessfully tried to get the costs dismissed.

Downing ended up taking third place in the primary with 19%, whereas Rosendale gained with 34%. The next month, Downing reached a cope with prosecutors the place he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and forfeited all looking, fishing, and trapping licenses for 18 months. This did not finish his political profession, although: In June, Downing won the primary 50-29 for the nomination to succeed his previous opponent Rosendale, who’s giving up this submit to run for the U.S. Home.

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