Though the DSCC outraised the NRSC every month this year except for April, Democrats look to be carrying more debt than the NRSC. The Republican committee had $6.5 million in debt and $7.04 million cash on hand at the end of June, the first month its cash in the bank has outpaced its debt.
Overall, the DSCC has outraised the NRSC by nearly $10 million this year, bringing in $27.4 million to $17.7 million for Republicans. That's due in large part to an early fundraising lead, and help from President Obama, who has appeared at fundraisers for the committee.
DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil told The Washington Post that one race in particular — to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellClinton, Trump sharpen attacks Sanders, Merkley back McConnell decision to skip TPP vote John McCain: No longer a profile in courage MORE (R-Ky.) — has sparked enthusiasm in the party.
“Over the past several weeks, there has been growing excitement among our supporters about the prospect of defeating Mitch McConnell and protecting the majority,” he said. “It is early in the cycle, but our supporters are already giving generously to build the strong organization we need to push back on false Republican attacks and mobilize voters.”
NRSC communications director Brad Dayspring, however, noted that Democratic recruitment troubles in a handful of states could jeopardize their efforts to defend their majority.
"Democrats are feeling their majority slipping away after failing to recruit good candidates in important states like West Virginia, Montana, South Dakota, and Georgia and their committee is drowning in debt," he said. "Meanwhile they're wasting important resources on wing and a prayer candidates like [Kentucky Democrat] Alison Lundergan Grimes instead of saving Sen. Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuFive reasons the Trump campaign is in deep trouble Louisiana gov: Trump helped 'shine a spotlight' on flood recovery Giuliani: Trump 'more presidential' than Obama in Louisiana visit MORE [D-La.], Mark BegichMark BegichRyan's victory trumps justice reform opponents There is great responsibility being in the minority Senate GOP deeply concerned over Trump effect MORE [D-Alaska] or Kay HaganKay HaganClinton's lead in NC elevates Senate race Democratic National Convention event calendar 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 MORE [D-N.C.] – it's a very bad sign this early in the cycle."
--This piece has been updated to reflect that the NRSC outraised the DSCC in April.