Women are clobbering the GOP in fundraising to flip the Colorado Senate


The 'Fab Five' Democratic women running for Colorado state Senate are absolutely dominating so far in fundraising totals.

If recently released fundraising tallies for five key races are any indication, Democrats have a great shot at taking back control of the Colorado state Senate in November.

Five Democratic women candidates, known collectively as the "Fab Five," are easily outperforming their Republican rivals for the state Senate, where Republicans currently maintain a tenuous one-seat advantage.

If these women win their toss-up races, it's likely that Democrats, who already control the state House, will win back the state Senate.

All of the "Fab Five" candidates — Kerry Donovan, Tammy Story, Jessie Danielson, Brittany Pettersen, and Faith Winter — are "positively trouncing their Republican opponents’ fundraising totals, with little distinction between incumbents and contenders for open seats," Colorado Pols notes.

As of the early September deadline figure, the five women had raised a total of $1.1 million between them, compared to the $400,000 raised by their five Republican opponents.

Story has raised $297,000 compared to Tim Neville's $160,000; Danelson has raised $220,000 compared to Christine Jenson's $82,000; Patterson has banked $201,000 compared to Tony Sanchez's $85,000; and Faith Winter has collected $282,000 compared to Beth Huminek's $68,000.

Remarkably, Neville and Huminek are both Senate incumbents — yet they're still getting badly out-raised by their Democratic challengers.

The fundraising is especially lopsided between Kerry Donovan, who has collected $147,000, and her Republican challenger Olen Lund, who has raised just $13,000.

Those numbers are significant because while Donovan won her Senate seat in 2014, it was by less than 1,000 votes in a swing district. The assumption was she would face another extremely competitive race when she was up for re-election in 2018.

She still might, but her 10-to-1 local fundraising advantage is stunning.

Colorado has been trending Democratic in recent years, and data from this year's primary season indicate voters are especially enthusiastic about the Democratic Party right now.

But while Democrats have the enthusiasm of Coloradans on their side, Republicans will be leaning hard on outside help from big business.

"Colorado oil and gas companies are giving most of their money to independent expenditures committees that buy TV ads and send out mailers in support of Republican candidates," the Colorado Independent reports.

For now, though, Democratic women are winning the fundraising war in Colorado.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.