Eight Democrats have topped $1 million raised in the last three months. Sen. Al Franken (Minn.) leads the pack so far with just under $2 million raised, with Sen. Mark Pryor (Ark.) close behind after a $1.9 million quarter. Sen. Kay Hagan (N.C.) brought in $1.6 million, Sen. Mark Udall (Colo.) raised $1.5 million, and Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) brought in $1.2 million apiece. Landrieu has just shy of $3.5 million in the bank for her reelection push.
Early money is key for these candidates, as many are likely to face well-funded challengers and Republican-affiliated outside groups have a big cash advantage. Candidates also get air time at cheaper rates than committees and outside groups, making their money go further.
Another solid haul comes from Rep. Bruce Braley (Iowa), Democrats' likely nominee to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). Braley brought in $1 million as well.
In most of these races there are no announced GOP candidates, giving Democrats a jump-start on fundraising. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), the GOP front-runner to replace retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) did have a strong haul for an inexpensive state, bringing in more than $900,000. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who recently announced a bid against Landrieu, brought in $500,000 but has a strong $2.4 million warchest.
Pryor, Landrieu, Hagan, Begich and Baucus are likely the most vulnerable incumbents.