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Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.). Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Democrats in House districts carried by Donald Trump last year raked in cash during the second quarter, as they prepare for challenges that could determine majority control of their chamber.

Why it matters: The Democrats in these six "crossover" districts are some of the most vulnerable in the country. Their races will be pivotal not only in the midterms, but also as bellwethers for the 2024 presidential race.

By the numbers: A full accounting of second-quarter fundraising won't be available until later this month, but some numbers in key races have already arrived.

  • Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan raised roughly $1 million over the three months, her campaign told Axios. She has about $3 million in the bank.
  • Rep. Andy Kim of New Jersey raised over $800,000 in Q2 and has $2 million cash on hand, an aide said.
  • Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa, the only Democratic representative from her state, raised over $700,000 and has over $1 million in the bank.

The big picture: Those are substantial fundraising sums for so early in the election cycle, and put all three members in strong position for their re-election campaigns.

  • Slotkin, Kim and Axne each raised hundreds of thousands more than they did during the same period in 2019.

Between the lines: The potentially tough races these moderate Democrats are facing back home may affect their decisions in Washington.

  • They expressed hesitancy to Axios about their party using the reconciliation process to pass a second infrastructure package, even as the more progressive wing of their party demands it.

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John Frank, author of Denver
Oct 7, 2021 - Axios Denver

Big-moneyed interests dominate ballot fight in Denver's 2021 election

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Data: Denver Elections Division; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

The special interests behind 13 questions on Denver's November ballot collectively raised more than $2 million through September, according to an Axios Denver analysis of new finance reports.More than half the total went to two campaigns — one supporting Mayor Michael Hancock's $450 million bond package and another to fund pandemic research through a sales tax increase on marijuana backed by a dark-money group.

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Iran agrees to resume Vienna nuclear talks in November

Ali Bagheri (R) with Enrique Mora in Tehran on Oct. 14. Photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry handout via Getty

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator said following a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that Iran would resume negotiations in Vienna before the end of November, with the exact date to be set next week.

Why it matters: The Vienna talks have been frozen since Iran's new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June. This is the most direct commitment from Raisi's government to return to the negotiating table.

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Democrats' billionaires tax explained

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

There is now legislative language behind the push to tax American billionaires on unrealized capital gains, as Sen. Ron Wyden last night released his 107-page plan.

Why it matters: This would be a sea change in U.S. tax policy, which has only applied to realized gains (otherwise known as income).