BY MELISSA DANIELS firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s not quite 2016, but that hasn’t stopped next year’s political candidates from acting like it is.
The coming close of 2015 fundraising cycle for political candidates has many campaigns – including Pennsylvania’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty – pleading with their supporters for last-minute donations.
McGinty’s campaign blasted out an email Thursday afternoon saying they’re falling “dangerously short” of their goal (emphasis original):
The email continued to say the campaign needed 28 donors by midnight to meet the campaign’s mid-month fundraising goal. They don’t specify what that goal is, exactly.
While the dire language could be a fundraising trope, all signs point to McGinty and fellow Democratic Senate hopefuls Joe Sestak and John Fetterman needing a strong fund balance to compete with incumbent Republican Sen. U.S. Pat Toomey.
The Pennsylvania race was most recently labeled “leans Republican” by the election watchers at Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
And while he doesn’t know who is going to be up against, Toomey’s campaign has already launched a website called WhoIsWorse.com attacking McGinty and Sestak.
Some signs point to the Democratic Senate candidates having the wind at their backs for 2016 – especially in Pennsylvania. The City of Brotherly Love will be hosting the Democratic National Convention, potentially gearing up the party’s voters in advance of the presidential election that could see party favorite Hillary Clinton at the top of ticket. Clinton, you’ll recall, won Pennsylvania when she ran in 2008.
So, whether it’s en masse fundraising emails, or preliminary attacks, there’s more than one indicator that the competition of 2016 has only just begun.