Democrats are serious about unseating Orange County Trump loyalist Rep. Mimi Walters, combining enthusiasm with campaign cash.
Two Democrats running against Walters out-fundraised her in the final three months of 2017, an embarrassing blow to a Republican incumbent from a district that was once a GOP stronghold.
Walters opponent Brian Forde raised $403,000, and Katie Porter raised $267,000.
Walters brought in just $253,000.
Quarterly fundraising numbers provide a snapshot of a congressional race, and this snapshot is bad news for Walters. In fundraising totals for the entire year, Walters trails the combined totals of her seven Democratic opponents.
Walters has raised $1.78 million so far this cycle. But that compares to $2.97 million raised by her Democratic opponents.
Money is often used to gauge enthusiasm in a congressional race. And residents of Walters’ districts have good reason to lack enthusiasm for her.
Walters represents a district that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but she insists on aligning herself squarely with the Trump agenda.
Walters voted for every Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) despite the strong majority of Californians (58 percent) who want Republicans working together with Democrats on the ACA.
Instead, Walters championed changes to the ACA that will result in California premiums raising up to 30 percent next year.
Walters was also essential in passing the tax bill, which will raise taxes on working-class Californians to the tune of $2.8 billion.
Walters’ pro-Trump positions are one of the reasons that she is considered one of California’s most vulnerable lawmakers.
Her lackluster fundraising quarter only helps solidify Southern California as an epicenter of the blue wave in November that will propel Democrats to regain control of the House of Representatives.