December 6, 2013 · 10:50 AM EDT
Democrat David Alameel announced recently his challenge to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and the wealthy dentist said money won’t be a problem. I’m not so sure.
“I’ll just do whatever it takes,” he told the Dallas Morning News. “Money is not an issue for me.”
The source of Alameel’s confidence is unclear. There are expensive Senate races, and then there is Texas — in a league of its own.
This will be Alameel’s second run for office in as many cycles. Last cycle, he ran for Congress in the newly-drawn 33rd District and finished fourth out of 11 candidates in the Democratic primary. Alameel received 2,064 votes (10 percent) after spending nearly $4.5 million of his own money. His campaign spent $2,173 per vote.
Alameel had some difficulty raising his name identification in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But that media market doesn’t even cover a third of general election voters in Texas, a state blanketed by 19 media markets in total.
Then again, money isn’t a problem, right? Alameel estimated his fortune at more than $50 million to the Dallas Morning News, so carpet-bombing the state with television ads should come easy.
But if we take Alameel’s cost per vote total from his congressional race and extrapolate to a Senate race, the numbers get out of control quickly.
December 5, 2013 · 10:41 AM EDT
House Democrats are stockpiling cash, and some GOP strategists have expressed concern that Democrats could use their financial advantage to expand the playing field.
Through October, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $65 million and had $25 million in the bank for the 2014…
December 4, 2013 · 10:57 AM EDT
Democrats have had a nice run recently of interesting House recruits and new takeover opportunities resulting from open GOP seats. And yet, it probably won’t matter.
If history is any guide — and it usually is — the president’s recent problems have already overshadowed that good news for House…
December 3, 2013 · 10:36 AM EDT
As longtime readers of this column know, voters in one-party states sometimes elect the nominee of the “wrong” party as governor. Today’s question is whether state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat, has a fighting chance to win next year’s gubernatorial election in Texas, which remains a rock-solid…
December 2, 2013 · 11:48 AM EDT
Democrats might want to consider opening their minds to the potential of another midterm nightmare.
I remember dozens of conversations with GOP candidates and strategists prior to the 2012 elections. Republicans simply couldn’t wrap their minds around the possibility that 2008 could ever be…