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 WarnerDrone use growing in surprising ways Overnight Cybersecurity: Pentagon cyber operations in the spotlight Lawmakers sound alarm over decaying Memorial Bridge 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 UdallTom UdallThe Hill's 12:30 Report Overnight Energy: Senate spending bill takes aim at EPA rules Senate spending bill trims EPA spending, blocks regs 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 UdallColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Energy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium 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 Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenGOP senators: Brexit vote a wake-up call Overnight Defense: Senate rejects new FBI surveillance powers | Brexit vote looms | Push for new military aid deal with Israel Senators push vote to condemn Russia's 'reckless actions' MORE (D) raised $1.2 million to Sununu’s $920,000, while comedian Al FrankenAl FrankenAl Franken says he would be Clinton's vice president if asked Poll: Sanders, Rubio most popular VP picks Bernie Sanders’s awkward return to the Senate 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 Landrieu oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Republican announces bid for Vitter’s seat 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 McConnellMitch McConnellThis week: Zika, Puerto Rico fights loom ahead of recess Trump flexes new digital muscle Juan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump MORE (Ky.), Susan CollinsSusan CollinsThis week: Zika, Puerto Rico fights loom ahead of recess Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA House Republicans pushing gun control bill MORE (Maine), Elizabeth Dole (N.C.), Gordon Smith (Ore.) and John CornynJohn CornynThis week: Zika, Puerto Rico fights loom ahead of recess Juan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA MORE (Texas) all continued to outraise their opponents.

In Oregon, state House Speaker Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyThe Hill's 12:30 Report Key Sanders ally: Time to get behind Clinton Dem Senate campaign chair endorses Clinton 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 Hagan10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 Senate Republicans are feeling the 'Trump effect' Washington's lobby firms riding high 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 RischJim RischOvernight Defense: Senate rejects new FBI surveillance powers | Brexit vote looms | Push for new military aid deal with Israel Senators push vote to condemn Russia's 'reckless actions' Overnight Finance: Senate taking up Puerto Rico bill this month | Dems attack SEC chief | House votes to limit IRS donor data MORE (R) raised $240,000 to former Rep. Larry LaRocco’s (D) $170,000, former Nebraska Gov. Mike JohannsMike JohannsTo buy a Swiss company, ChemChina must pass through Washington Republican senator vows to block nominees over ObamaCare co-ops Revisiting insurance regulatory reform in a post-crisis world 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 HagelChuck HagelThere's still time for another third-party option Hagel says NATO deployment could spark a new Cold War with Russia Overnight Defense: House panel unveils 5B defense spending bill MORE, respectively.

No Republicans are yet raising significant money in races against targeted Democratic Sens. Max BaucusMax BaucusWyden unveils business tax proposal College endowments under scrutiny The chaotic fight for ObamaCare MORE (Mont.) and Tim JohnsonTim JohnsonFormer GOP senator endorses Clinton after Orlando shooting Housing groups argue Freddie Mac's loss should spur finance reform On Wall Street, Dem shake-up puts party at crossroads 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.”