The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee quickly sent out a fundraising email Tuesday after Donald Trump effectively wrapped up the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, acknowledging it needed money since he "could be our next president."
With Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) dropping out of the GOP race after suffering a bruising loss in the Indiana primary, Trump is virtually assured the nomination. The billionaire businessman is close to clinching the requisite number of delegates, and his only remaining competition is Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has won no state besides his own.
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After Cruz announced he was suspending his campaign, the DCCC fired off an email with the all-caps subject line CRUZ DROPS OUT.
"With this news it's clear Donald Trump could be our next president," the letter reads. "Especially when a recent USA Today poll shows him tied with BOTH Democratic candidates … This is a grave situation. It's up to us to stop them."
The letter reads:
It's terrifying. Seriously.
With this news it's clear Donald Trump could be our next president. Especially when a recent USA Today poll shows him tied with BOTH Democratic candidates.
President Trump armed with a Republican Congress would inflict endless damage on our country.
This is a grave situation. It's up to us to stop them.
We're pleading — help us get $15O,OOO in the door by midnight tomorrow to fight back.
Democrats have an opportunity to re-take the upper chamber of Congress in 2016, with several incumbent Republicans facing tough re-election fights. However, their hopes of getting back a majority in the House of Representatives is extremely unlikely, with the GOP holding a huge advantage after smashing gains in 2014.
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton also looks assured of her party's nomination, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has shown no indication of going quietly. He won the Indiana primary Tuesday night in a small upset.