Senate Democrats kept up their brisk fundraising pace in the second quarter, putting themselves in a strong financial position as they head into 2014.
They include Sens. Kay HaganKay HaganLinking repatriation to job creation Former Sen. Kay Hagan in ICU after being rushed to hospital GOP senator floats retiring over gridlock MORE (D-N.C.) and Al FrankenAl FrankenLive coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing Dems land few punches on Gorsuch Overnight Regulation: Dems punch back in fight over CEO pay rule MORE (D-Minn.), both of whom brought in around $2 million.
Others topping the $1 million mark include Sen. Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Five unanswered questions after Trump's upset victory Pavlich: O’Keefe a true journalist MORE (D-La.), who brought in $1.7 million, Sen. Mark WarnerMark WarnerOvernight Cybersecurity: House Intel chair says surveillance collected on Trump transition team Dem senator: House Intel chairman may have revealed classified info Dem senator wants Manafort to testify before Intelligence Committee MORE (D-Va.), who raised $1.4 million, Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallElection autopsy: Latinos favored Clinton more than exit polls showed Live coverage: Tillerson's hearing for State The rise and possible fall of the ‘Card’ in politics MORE (D-Colo.), who raised $1.3 million, and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenLawmakers want Trump commitment to help Iraq post-ISIS Overnight Defense: FBI chief confirms Trump campaign, Russia probe | Senators push for Afghan visas | Problems persist at veterans' suicide hotline Senators ask to include visas for Afghans in spending bill MORE (D-N.H.) who raised $1.2 million.
Democratsic candidates making first-time Senate bids posted big numbers as well. Rep. Bruce BraleyBruce BraleyTen years later, House Dems reunite and look forward Trump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer Criminal sentencing bill tests McConnell-Grassley relationship MORE (D-Iowa) brought in $1.25 million while Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) raised $1 million. Both are expected to be their party’s nominees.
Sens. Mark BegichMark BegichPerez creates advisory team for DNC transition The future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map MORE (D-Alaska) and Mark PryorMark PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.), two of the GOP’s top targets along with Landrieu and Hagan, have yet to report their fundraising totals.
Campaigns often delay reporting their quarterly fundraising numbers if they’re not very strong, but Begich waited until the last minute in the first three months of 2013, and still raised a respectable $950,000.
It would be surprising if Pryor matches the $2 million haul he managed last quarter, as that was aided by a $1 million fundraiser with former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonWe must act now and pass the American Health Care Act Trump's message: Russia First or America First? Senate Democrats should grill Judge Gorsuch on antitrust. Here's how. MORE.
The other candidates’ quarters put them in solid financial shape.
Landrieu now has $4.9 million in the bank, while Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has $3.2 million cash on hand after a strong $1.1 million quarter.
Franken now has $3 million in the bank — money that will come in handy, as his most likely opponent, businessman Mike McFadden (R), raised $700,000 in the first month of the campaign alone.
Some Republicans posted strong numbers as well.
But in many states they’re starting off in a big hole against the Democrats they hope to topple.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellHigh drama for ObamaCare vote Senate nixes Obama-era workplace safety rule Trump’s Transportation chief's Twitter account: ‘SUE HIS VERY SOUL’ MORE (R-Ky.) leads his party with a $2.2 million quarter and a whopping $9.6 million in the bank, a huge head start against his newly announced opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).
Iowa’s crowded GOP field has recently developed, and none of the candidates have had a full quarter to fundraise at this point.
David Young (R), a former chief of staff for Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyLive coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing Live coverage: Day two of Supreme Court nominee hearing Grassley, CNN host spar over Trump wiretap claims MORE (R-Iowa), brought in $150,000 in his first month in the race, while former Iowa U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker (R) raised $100,000 in the first two months of his campaign.
Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who’s considering a run for Montana’s open Senate seat, raised $430,000. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), one of the three congressmen running for the Senate in Georgia, brought in $800,000.