Democratic Senate candidates top Republicans in 4th quarter

Democratic Senate candidates continued to trump their Republican counterparts in many key races around the country in the fourth quarter.

Financial reports show Democrats topped Republicans by hundreds of thousands of dollars in races in Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Virginia.

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GOP incumbents held fast to money edges in other top races in Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, Oregon and Texas.

The map of races, GOP retirements, and money all appear to be favoring the Democrats with 10 months to go until they look to keep and expand their majority.

The biggest fundraising haul of them all came in Virginia, where former Gov. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerTrump: Why isn't Senate looking into 'Fake News Networks'? 5 takeaways from Senate Russian meddling presser Trump: 'America is truly a nation in mourning' MORE (D) pulled in $2.7 million to bring his cash on hand to $2.9 million in the open-seat race to succeed retiring Sen. John Warner (R). Former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) raised just $350,000 for a seat many analysts see as the most likely to flip Democratic.

Rep. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallOvernight Energy: Trump temporarily lifts shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico relief New Mexico Gov: GOP health care bill 'still needs some work' Dems ask FEC to create new rules in response to Russian Facebook ads MORE (D-N.M.) outraised both of his Republican House colleagues for retiring Sen. Pete Domenici’s (R) seat. Udall’s $1 million was more than Rep. Steve Pearce’s $430,000 and Rep. Heather Wilson’s $520,000 combined.

In Colorado, Udall’s cousin Rep. Mark UdallMark UdallDemocratic primary could upend bid for Colorado seat Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Gorsuch's critics, running out of arguments, falsely scream 'sexist' MORE (D) raised $1.1 million to former Rep. Bob Schaffer’s (R) $670,000. Mark Udall, who announced his run nearly three years ago, holds a $3.6 million to $1.5 million edge in cash.

Democrats also outraised two GOP incumbents – Sens. Norm Coleman (Minn.) and John Sununu (N.H.) – by modest amounts. Former Gov. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenHomeland Security searching some social media doesn't violate privacy The feds shouldn't blackball Kaspersky without public evidence Week ahead: Crunch time for defense bill’s cyber reforms | Equifax under scrutiny MORE (D) raised $1.2 million to Sununu’s $920,000, while comedian Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report John Oliver rips AT&T-Time Warner merger MORE raised nearly $2 million to Coleman’s $1.7 million.

Both Coleman and Sununu, however, maintain $2 million-plus cash advantages. Franken raised about $7 million in 2007 but spent more than half, retaining just $3.1 million in cash.

Attorney Mike Ciresi raised less than $300,000 and was forced to self-fund more than $500,000 for his primary against Franken. Ciresi had said when the campaign began that he didn’t plan to self-fund, as he did to the tune of millions in a 2000 Senate primary.

The top-targeted Democratic senator, Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuYou want to recall John McCain? Good luck, it will be impossible CNN producer on new O'Keefe video: Voters are 'stupid,' Trump is 'crazy' CNN's Van Jones: O'Keefe Russia 'nothingburger' video 'a hoax' MORE (La.), raised more than $1 million to state Treasurer John Kennedy’s (R) $500,000. Kennedy entered the race more than halfway through the quarter.

In other top races, GOP Sens. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (Ky.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGun proposal picks up GOP support Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns Agricultural trade demands investment in MAP and FMD MORE (Maine), Elizabeth Dole (N.C.), Gordon Smith (Ore.) and John CornynJohn CornynGun proposal picks up GOP support House bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Republicans jockey for position on immigration MORE (Texas) all continued to outraise their opponents.

In Oregon, state House Speaker Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyOvernight Energy: Dems take on Trump's chemical safety pick Dem senator slams Trump for dedicating golf trophy to hurricane victims Dem senator compares Trump to Marie Antoinette MORE (D) raised $620,000 but is still far behind Smith’s $4.4 million cash on hand. Merkley’s primary opponent, former Justice Department attorney Steve Novick, raised $220,000.

Collins maintained an advantage against Rep. Tom Allen (D), raising $960,000 to Allen’s $810,000. She has $3.9 million on hand, while Allen has $2.5 million.

Tarheel State legislator 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) raised $560,000 in her first financial quarter, while Dole raised $1.1 million.

McConnell and Cornyn both raised about $1.7 million, with no opponent breaking half a million in receipts.

State Rep. Rick Noriega (D) raised about $400,000 for his race against Cornyn.

In other races of note: Idaho Lt. Gov. Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischRubio won't challenge colleague for Foreign Relations gavel Senate approves Trump's debt deal with Democrats Overnight Cybersecurity: Mueller impanels grand jury in Russia probe | Researcher who helped stop WannaCry attack detained | Audit finds OPM systems still at risk MORE (R) raised $240,000 to former Rep. Larry LaRocco’s (D) $170,000, former Nebraska Gov. Mike JohannsMike JohannsFarmers, tax incentives can ease the pain of a smaller farm bill Lobbying World To buy a Swiss company, ChemChina must pass through Washington MORE (R) raised $1.4 million for a race in which he still has no major opponent, and Republican businesswoman Anne Evans Estabrook plugged $1.6 million of her own money into her race against Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.).

The Idaho and Nebraska seats are being vacated by retiring GOP Sens. Larry Craig and Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelThe Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report Billionaires stopping climate change action have a hold on Trump, GOP MORE, respectively.

No Republicans are yet raising significant money in races against targeted Democratic Sens. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBernie Sanders flexes power on single-payer ObamaCare architect supports single-payer system Trump has yet to travel west as president MORE (Mont.) and Tim JohnsonTim JohnsonCourt ruling could be game changer for Dems in Nevada Bank lobbyists counting down to Shelby’s exit Former GOP senator endorses Clinton after Orlando shooting MORE (S.D.). Baucus raised $1.5 million, while Johnson raised more than $700,000.

National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Rebecca Fisher said: “Our Senate candidates had strong responses from donors at the end of the year, and we believe they will be well prepared to win in November.”

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Matt Miller said: “As campaigns across the country swing into gear, Democratic candidates have momentum on their side and are raising the money the need to get their message out. Our incumbents are in strong shape, and our challengers are in position to win in November.”