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McCarthy raises over $10 million in Q4 for House GOP

McCarthy raises over $10 million in Q4 for House GOP
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight MORE (R-Calif.) raked in $10.78 million for the lower chamber’s Republicans in the fourth quarter of 2019 as the GOP seeks to close the fundraising gap with Democrats.

The haul, which brought McCarthy’s total 2019 fundraising to $52.35 million, comes as top Republicans urge their fellow lawmakers in the party to step up their own fundraising in an effort to retake the House after losing the majority in the 2018 midterms.

Nevertheless, the California Republican expressed confidence that the GOP could make gains in November’s election. 

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“House Democrats are the greatest threat to the greatest economy in our lifetime. The American people don't want socialism. They want success, and a House Republican Majority in 2021 with a re-elected Trump presidency will be ready to achieve it,” McCarthy said in a statement Tuesday. 

“We are united and prepared to win at the ballot box nationwide — with a compelling message and the most prolific recruiting class since 2010. These factors, along with President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE’s ability to ignite Republican turnout lead me to believe we are on the cusp of delivering another Republican revolution.” 

McCarthy’s confidence comes despite a substantial fundraising gap between Democrats and Republicans. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the body charged with electing Democrats to the House, outpaced its GOP counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), by $40 million last year. 

McCarthy and other top officials warned lawmakers of the deficit at a closed-door meeting Tuesday, with the California Republican telling his members, “We’re getting our ass kicked.” 

“It’s not so much we’re doing badly or lagging where we’ve been,” said Rep. Tom ColeThomas (Tom) Jeffrey ColeHouse report says lawmakers could securely cast remote votes amid pandemic Next Congress expected to have record diversity Native Americans elected to Congress in record numbers this year MORE (R-Okla.), a former NRCC chairman who attended Tuesday’s meeting. “You’ve got to tip your hat off to them, and we’ve got to do more.”