Elections

Democrats' House Hopes in Disarray

Looks like open season on donkeys.

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Three weeks out from an election that could give Republicans a historic majority, House Democrats are resorting to the painful strategy of retreat.

Faced with a perilous midterm environment and a sudden gush of Republican money, Democrats are shifting cash from blue-chip recruits to prop up teetering incumbents. The goal is to minimize losses and keep Republicans from their most dominant hold on the House since Harry Truman's presidency — potentially expelling Democrats from the speaker's chair for years to come.