The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has borrowed $17 million in hopes of competing with better-funded Republicans for the House of Representatives, a Democrat with knowledge of the move confirmed. 

“With so many of our candidates tied or closing in on Republicans, we are on offense and fighting back against the Republican super PACs that want to save these tea party Republicans,” DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson told Politico, which first reported the news.

Democrats need to gain 25 seats to take the majority in the House, an outcome that handicappers have deemed unlikely. While some key races have moved in the party's favor recently, Democrats would need to win all the toss-ups and half of the 18 races that The Washington Post rates as “lean Republican” to take control. 

House Majority PAC, a super PAC supporting Democrats, has been increasingly successful in the fundraising game, but House Republicans have more allies and have spent more.