Alison Lundergan Grimes, Michelle Nunn, Natalie Tennant, Gary Peters and Bruce Braley have a big problem.
Politico is reporting that Democrats in Washington are so worried about the November election. They are on defense and forced to spend their resources trying to save their incumbents.
In other words, they are going to be keeping the promises made to recruited candidates.
As Mike Allen told the gang on Morning Joe,
"If you are one of those up-in-coming challengers, if you are one of those people who were recruited and the party said, 'you'd be a great candidate, we'll be with you every step of the way,' they're now having trouble getting resources."
It's simple math: there are many more vulnerable incumbents than Democrats expected. They can't waste valuable time and resources on longshot candidates like Grimes, Nunn, Tennant or poor performers like Bruce Braley and Gary Peters. If they did, they'd have to cut off funds for Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu or Mark Pryor.
This is because Republicans continue to run a spread offense to keep Democrats back on their heels.