The first fundraising reports of the 2020 House cycle are in, and Democrats are showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to fundraising following their impressive gains last November. These first quarter Federal Election Commission congressional campaign reports are going to give us a better picture of Democrats’ efforts to both protect and possibly expand their majority. With few Republican challengers having announced or filed yet, it’s not possible this early to show what kind of mettle GOP challengers may have. But given the strong numbers, many Democrats in competitive races have posted just in the first three months of the off-year — particularly freshmen Democrats — Republicans are going to have a long way to catch up. Now, it’s becoming even more imperative that Republicans get strong recruits into these races, and the sooner the better. They are making headway in many contests, and we’re going to look at some of the candidates they are already attracting in next week’s newsletter. For now, here are a few trends that stood out to us in the first quarter

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