“The momentum is clearly with Republicans, and House Democrats are bracing for the possibility that Election Night could be uglier than they originally thought,” David Wasserman, an analyst for the Cook Political Report, an online election forecaster, wrote on Wednesday. “The DCCC has been forced to shift more and more resources to playing defense in Democratic-leaning districts, and several seats that looked in good shape a few months ago are now looking more precarious.”
The chief beneficiary of that shift has been Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.), a freshman who received $360,000 from the party this week for new television ads, according to a DCCC aide. On Thursday, his campaign began airing a radio ad featuring President Obama in an effort to turn out African-American and base voters.
Rep. Lois Capps is another Democrat in a tightening race. The DCCC recently spent $99,000 to boost the nine-term Californian with fresh radio spots.
Both lawmakers have been targeted by Republicans all cycle long – a dynamic the Democrats are emphasizing this week.
“We always knew this was going to be a tough race,” Capps spokesman Christopher Meagher said in an email. He cited the low voter turnout that typically accompanies midterm elections as a leading reason the race is so tight.