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Democrats Outraised GOP Incumbents in Key Races Across the Sunbelt

Democrats Outraised GOP Incumbents in Key Races Across the Sunbelt

WASHINGTON — In the second quarter of the year, several Democratic state legislative candidates are outraising Republican incumbents in battleground states like Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas. Democrats have been laying the groundwork and building energy across the Sunbelt and now they are within striking distance of flipping red chambers blue. 

“These fundraising numbers make it clear that voters are ready for a change,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “Democrats are competitive in red states this year because people see the damage that Republican majorities have done to their communities and are taking action. The energy is on our side, and Democrats will have the resources necessary to compete in November.”

Massive second quarter fundraising shows that Democrats have the momentum to flip key districts red to blue in November.

Arizona (two seats needed to flip the House, three seats to flip the Senate):

  • Ajlan “A.J.” Kurdoglu, Senate candidate in LD-17
  • Coral Evans, House candidate in LD-06
  • Judy Schwiebert, House candidate in LD-20
  • Kathy Knecht, House candidate in LD-21

North Carolina (six seats needed to flip the House, five seats to flip the Senate):

  • Tess Judge, candidate in SD-01
  • Donna Lake, candidate in SD-07
  • Helen Probst Mills, candidate in SD-25
  • Terri LeGrand, candidate in SD-31
  • Emily Bunch Nicholson, candidate in HD-01
  • Brian Farkas, candidate in HD-09
  • Virginia Cox-Daugherty, candidate in HD-12
  • Frances Vinell Jackson, candidate in HD-45
  • Jason Cain, candidate in HD-51
  • Nicole Quick, candidate in HD-59
  • Ricky Hurtado, candidate in HD-63
  • Gail Young, candidate in HD-83
  • An additional 19 candidates

Texas (nine seats needed to flip the House):

  • Sharon Hirsch, candidate in HD-66
  • Alisa Simmons, candidate in HD-94
  • Brandy K. Chambers, candidate in HD-112
  • Celina Montoya, candidate in HD-121
  • Natali Hurtado, candidate in HD-126
  • Ann Johnson, candidate in HD-134