Mr. Foster’s success deeply disappointed Republicans, in part for its broader implications: the victory in this early race may buoy Democrats as they look ahead to a string of Republican retirements this fall. By last week, the National Republican Congressional Committee had poured $1.2 million into this race; the Democratic Congressional Committee had given $620,000.
UPDATE: This report shows the dire straits of the Republican National Committee
NRCC Blows Nearly One Third of its Cash on Hand on IL-14 Special Election
The NRCC simply does not have the kind of money to go toe-to-toe with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. As of the latest filing period, the NRCC finally was able to pull itself out of debt for the first time this cycle, with a net $4.1 million in the bank as of the end of January. Crunching out the math, then, the $1.2 million the NRCC has had to spend defending this Republican seat in a Republican district amounts to 29.2 percent of the committee's net cash-on-hand, or nearly a third. In contrast, the D-trip has spent about 3.0 percent of its net cash-on-hand on the race, not nearly depleting its coffers in the same way.
You Republicans can cling to the unlikely possibility that John 'the old white hope' McCain might get elected, but in Congress... it is clear - the GOP is going to get buried. You can thank the disastrous Bush presidency for that.