Democrats tout financial advantage going into Election Day

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee almost doubled its August fundraising total last month.

Calling it one of its "strongest fundraising months in history," the House Democrats' campaign arm pulled in $15.9 million in September. It now has $41.6 million to spend in the final three weeks of the campaign, a spokeswoman said.

The DCCC's Republican counterpart had a stronger September, too, but it still lags behind its rival. The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $11.2 million last month and, after spending $17.8 million in September, now has some $19 million in the bank for the final campaign stretch. 

A spokesman for the NRCC noted that September saw the committee rake in the highest number of contributions from small donors — $2.9 million — since the peak of the healthcare debate last spring.

Still, Democrats have a significant financial advantage. A spokeswoman said the DCCC planned to spend another $40 million on TV ads before Election Day.

The NRCC also has been on an ad spending blitz. The Hill reported a few weeks ago Republicans were on the air in 30 districts, while the DCCC had reserved ad time in 57 districts but only run ads in a dozen.