Kos Dozen

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Below is the list of candidates targeted for fundraising by the Daily Kos community.

Candidate Profiles

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Tony Miller

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Tony Miller (D) is challenging incumbent Rep. Anne Northup (R).

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Ben Konop

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Ben Konop (D) is challenging incumbent Rep. Mike Oxley (R).

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Dan Mongiardo

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Republican Senator Jim Bunning is self-destructing, as his mental health is call into question. Mongiardo, who had been running an uphill race against an entrenched Republican, has suddenly catapulted to the top of the pickup list given Bunning’s very public deterioration. A target of opportunity, let’s help give Mongiardo one last push.

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Richard Romero

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This is a toss-up race, and one that can be won given sufficient resources for Romero to get his message out. Incumbent Republican Heather Wilson’s singular obsession on nipples and Howard Stern is not a proper fit for the district, and could be her undoing. She’s under 50 percent in a district Gore won, and Romero is nipping at her heels. This is a key pickup opportunity if we are to take back the House.

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Samara Barend

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NY-29 is a fairly Republican district, and one that Bush won 53-43 over Gore. But it became an open seat when moderate GOP Rep. Amo Houghton retired earlier this year. And the race appears headed for a three-way contest this November. While a candidate normally would need 48 percent of the vote to win the election, a three-way race would push that down to 43 percent (or so).

Given the unique opportunities provided by the GOP infighting and a strong, dynamic candidate, this is a seat we can steal from the GOP. And we will win, if she has the proper resources.

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Jeff Seemann

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Like many other candidates sprinkled around the nation in a House were the vast majority are non-competitive, Seemann was a nobody going nowhere. His opponent, Ralph Regula, was busy raising money for other Republicans, including $400,000 for Larry Diedrich in the South Dakota special election. Democrat Stephanie Herseth won that race by about one percent despite leading by double digits in early polling—the power of $400,000 at work.

Early netroots fundraising allowed Seemann to hire a staff, while the district’s deteriorating economic situation has made the political environment in this Republican-lean district a lot more hospitable to the Democrat challenger. In the last year alone, several major plant closings have cost the district thousands of jobs, many of them sent overseas.

Seemann has been a friend of this site, and it’s been gratifying to return the favor. It’s a David v. Goliath battle, but victory is no longer out of the realm of possibilities.

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Nancy Farmer

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Nancy Farmer is running for Senate in Missouri, challenging the oft-endagnered Kit Bond. Farmer can help put an end to Bond’s squeaker victories.

She is behind in the polls and fundraising, but she has still raised a respectable $2.4 million. Furthermore, Farmer should be helped by Missouri’s standing as a battleground state, and the armies of GOTV workers that will flood the state on behalf of Kerry/Edwards in November.

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Ginny Schrader

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43 percent of those who currently support Republican nominee Fitzpatrick would be less likely to vote for him if they knew about his extremist position on Choice. This is a moderate district, and outgoing GOP Rep. Greenwood was solidly pro-choice. That’s the kind of Republican they like around this district, yet the local party saddled them with a DeLay-like winger.

Ginny needs the money to get the message out. The DCCC is targetting this race, and she has, on her own, already raised over $200,000. The Schrader campaign is working side-by-side with the Kerry operation, and they’re already working the field hard. So help Ginny out.

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Jan Schneider

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Katherine Harris disenfranchised tens of thousands in Florida’s 2000 elections and helped steal an election. While she should’ve gotten jail, instead she got elected to Congress.

Democrat Jan Schneider gave Harris a run for her money in 2002, making the race interesting when everyone was busy coronating Harris long before election day. Harris won 55-45, despite grossly outspending Schneider—$3.3 million to $337,000.

Harris still has a lot of money, but Schneider has nearly matched her 2002 fundraising totals. And this is not the race that will be decided by money. We just need to help Schneider have the resources to get her message out, and the improbable can happen. This is a DCCC targeted race.

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Lois Murphy

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Pennsylvania is shaping up to be a treasure trove of House pickup opportunities for Democrats, and Lois Murphy, former NARAL general counsel, is one of the best. With solid fundraising and favorable district demographics, Murphy is well positioned to oust incumbent Republican Gerlach from his seat.

Ousting an incumbent is difficult under any conditions, and Murphy must compete in the Philly media market, one of the most expensive in the nation. However, PA’s battleground status has brought the grassroots 527 ACT into the state, and Murphy’s district will be prime swing battleground. Not to mention that every voter Murphy turns out for her own effort, is a voter for Kerry in this must-win state for Democrats.

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Jim Newberry

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Missouri has been trending Republican the last few cycles, but the state’s deteriorating economic picture has made it a surprisingly strong pickup opportunity for Democrats at the presidential level. Toning down the Republican advantages in districts like Newberry’s will be key to victory.

Newberry is spreading his populist message in a solid conservative district made less-so by the deteriorating jobs picture. His opponent, Roy Blunt, is Tom DeLay’s right-hand man, and may yet be caught up with DeLay’s web of unethical behavior. Even if he doesn’t, his inattention to the economic woes of his district may yet provide an opening for Newberry if he can get the resources to plead the case to the people of his district.

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Brad Carson

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Brad Carson is a once-in-a-generation phenomenon—a Democrat with an actual chance to win a Senate seat in Oklahoma. He is currently ahead in the polls, but it’s a narrow lead in a state that will hand Bush a 30-point victory. The road to a Senate majority runs through Oklahoma.

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Tony Knowles

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Knowles is running for Senate in GOP-friendly Alaska. Competitive Democrats are few and far between, and this is our best chance to get a Democrat in the Senate from Alaska in a generation. He has been running slightly, but consistently ahead of opponent Lisa Murkowski, exhibit A under “nepotism” (her father appointed her to fill his own seat when he vacated it for the governor’s office).

Tony is a genuinely nice guy with a rare streak of political courage—he has come out strongly in favor of abortion rights and gay rights in a tough, Republican-dominated state.

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Stan Matsunaka

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Matsunaka is facing ├╝ber conservative hag Maryling Musgrave, single-issue representative with an overriding obsession with all things gay. As the chief architect of the Hate Amendement (Federal Marriage Amendment), Musgrave has reaped the benefits from adoring wingnuts everywhere, raising over $1 million in Q2 alone.

Stan Matsunaka was competitive in 2002, when he faced off against Musgrave in a surprisingly competitive open seat. However, the DCCC failed to pull through and Stan ran out of money in the critical stretch run, unable to respond to Musgrave’s vicious attack ads.

It’s a new cycle, and Republicans won’t enjoy the same advantages they did in 2002. Matsunaka won’t be financially competitive with Musgrave, but he needs just enough money to get the message out. It’s up to the citicizens of the Colorado 4th to determine whether they want a representative who looks out for them, or is looking out for her personal anti-gay vendetta.

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Richard Morrison

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When I originally announced these endorsements, I gave three criteria I looked at—two of which where essential for a candidate to get a nod: 1) Whether the district was in a swing state; 2) Whether the district was competitive; and 3) whether the Republican incumbent was a major fundraiser that we’d rather pin at home, rather than fundraising for at risk Republicans in other competitive districts.

No Republican House member raises as much money as Tom DeLay, and he had not bothered to campaign for reelection to his House seat for over a decade, lacking any significant opposition. That meant all his campaigning and fundraising was directed at other candidates.

Enter Richard Morrison. Here was a candidate with no money, going up against the House Majority Leader. People laughed at his chances. But he raised a fair amount of money online, and parlayed that into strong fundraising via traditional means. Poll results proved DeLay was beatable, and the DCCC is now considering putting resources into the race.

This is still an uphill race, but consider that DeLay is now pinned down in his own district until election day. And given a potential criminal indictment, lingering anger over his heavy-handed redistricting coup, a district made more Democratic by the arrogant DeLay during that redistricting, and a fired up Texas Democratic Party, and this David v. Goliath battle has the potential of going our way.

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