The Republican National Committee (RNC) outraised the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in March, but the DNC won the quarter by almost $3 million.

The DNC, in its monthly filing Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), reported $6.7 million in donations for the month of March. (By contrast, the RNC drew nearly $7.2 million in contributions over the same time period.)

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For the quarter, though, the DNC scored a victory. The committee took in $21 million for the quarter, while the RNC took in $18.1 million. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus took over for ousted Chairman Michael Steele in mid-January.

The DNC reported having more than $9.7 million in cash on hand at the end of March, more than the RNC's $3.2 million, but slightly less than the $10 million in cash on hand the DNC reported having in the bank at the end of February.

The DNC reported more than $17 million in debt at the end of March, slightly less than the month before. The RNC reported debts of $19.8 million at the end of March, but that represented a drop from $21.1 million in debt the month before.

It should be noted that the DNC's numbers precede the launch of President Obama's reelection effort earlier this month, and with it, a series of major fundraisers expected to fill up the president's and the DNC's bankrolls. For most of March, Obama and Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenThe Hill's 12:30 Report Pence talks regularly to Biden, Cheney: report Biden moving toward 2020 presidential run: report MORE attended DNC "events" which, weren't billed as fundraisers because attendees hadn't been asked, at that point, to send in contributions. April's FEC filings, which are due mid-May, could reflect a surge for the DNC.

As a matter of comparison, the DNC took in more for the first quarter of 2011 ($21 million) than it had for the first quarter of 2009 ($17.7 million). The RNC had a better first quarter in 2009, taking in $25 million the first quarter of that year, versus $18.1 million for the first quarter of this year.