Democratic candidates in battleground districts may try to distance themselves from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the 2014 mid-term election, but in the likely event that they receive help from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), they’re benefitting from her fundraising efforts (emphasis added):
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is waging an intense push to seize back the speaker’s gavel from John Boehner, raised more than $35 million for her party in 2013.
Pelosi held fundraising events last year in 50 different cities. Of the $35.5 million she raked in, the aide said, nearly $27 million was funneled to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The DCCC is the campaign arm of the party’s caucus, meaning that the money Pelosi will seep into the races in which Democratic candidates are running. Republican leaders also do the same thing to protect or win seats.
Though it’s unlikely that any candidate from either party will decline any outside help in a competitive race, here’s just a sampling of vulnerable or potentially vulnerable Democratic incumbents who will benefit from the DCCC and, ostensibly, Pelosi’s largess:
|District||Incumbent||2012 Election||PVI||2013 Speaker Vote|
|AZ-01||Ann Kirkpatrick||Romney 50%||R+4||Nancy Pelosi|
|AZ-02||Ron Barber||Romney 50%||R+3||Nancy Pelosi|
|CA-07||Ami Bera||Obama 51%||Even||Nancy Pelosi|
|GA-13||John Barrow||Romney 55%||R+9||John Lewis|
|MN-07||Colin Peterson||Romney 54%||R+6||Nancy Pelosi|
|NH-01||Carol Shea-Porter||Obama 50%||R+1||Nancy Pelosi|
|TX-23||Pete Gallego||Romney 51%||R+3||Nancy Pelosi|
|WV-03||Nick Rahall||Romney 65%||R+14||Nancy Pelosi|
Though House Democrats hope to win back the majority and hand Pelosi the Speaker’s gavel once again, Republicans are well positioned to retain control of the chamber in the mid-term election and, perhaps add to their 17-seat advantage.