National Democats hardly giving up on Kratovil
For months, the conventional wisdom in Washington was that freshman Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil of Maryland was hopelessly doomed. He might just be the most vulnerable House Democrat in the country, some said.
Others confidently predicted--with no apparent evidence to back it up--that the national party would abandon him by early fall and take its money elsewhere, to races where Democrats actually had a chance of winning.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has now put more than $800,000 behind Kratovil's rematch with Republican state Sen. Andy Harris of Baltimore County. That makes the Kratovil race one of the top 10 in the nation, in terms of the DCCC's investment, at the moment.
For now, at least, the national Democratic Party's House campaign arm is outspending its Republican counterpart by more than $300,000 in Maryland's First District.
The Kratovil-Harris contest remains extremely tight. Some prognosticators still forecast a Harris victory.
But the Eastern Shore congressman is now off the "most critically endangered" list.
Non-partisan handicapper Charlie Cook's newsletter recently rated the 12 most vulnerable House Democrats in the country. Kratovil was not on the list. Cook regards the Kratovil-Harris rematch as a tossup.