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 WarnerNSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Dem lawmaker wants briefing on major chip vulnerabilities Week ahead: Tech giants to testify on extremist content 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 UdallCongress has been broken by the special interests – here’s how we fix it Senate GOP seeks to change rules for Trump picks Dems celebrate Jones victory in Alabama race 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 Emery 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 ShaheenSupreme Court to hear online sales tax case State official indicates US military role in Syria post-ISIS centered on Iran Overnight Health Care: Dems press HHS pick on drug prices | Alexander, Trump discuss ObamaCare fix | Senate Dems seek B to fight opioids | Maryland eyes ObamaCare mandate replacement MORE (D) raised $1.2 million to Sununu’s $920,000, while comedian Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenPawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota EMILY’s List president: Franken did 'right thing for Minnesota' Dem pledges to ask all court nominees about sexual harassment history under oath 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 LandrieuProject Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns You want to recall John McCain? Good luck, it will be impossible CNN producer on new O'Keefe video: Voters are 'stupid,' Trump is 'crazy' 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 McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (Ky.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats search for 51st net neutrality vote Overnight Tech: States sue FCC over net neutrality repeal | Senate Dems reach 50 votes on measure to override repeal | Dems press Apple on phone slowdowns, kids' health | New Android malware found Overnight Regulation: Dems claim 50 votes in Senate to block net neutrality repeal | Consumer bureau takes first step to revising payday lending rule | Trump wants to loosen rules on bank loans | Pentagon, FDA to speed up military drug approvals MORE (Maine), Elizabeth Dole (N.C.), Gordon Smith (Ore.) and John CornynJohn CornynMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Hoyer suggests Dems won't support spending bill without DACA fix MORE (Texas) all continued to outraise their opponents.

In Oregon, state House Speaker Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyEarly tax bill reality very different than Democratic rhetoric Senate GOP seeks to change rules for Trump picks Dem senators tear into Trump: Tax bill 'a very big Christmas gift from Trump to himself' 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 Ruthven HaganPolitics is purple in North Carolina Democrats can win North Carolina just like Jimmy Carter did in 1976 North Carolina will be a big battleground state in 2020 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 RischGovernment needs to help small businesses follow regulations McConnell works to salvage tax bill The Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on Senate tax bill MORE (R) raised $240,000 to former Rep. Larry LaRocco’s (D) $170,000, former Nebraska Gov. Mike JohannsMichael (Mike) Owen 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 HagelHagel: Trump is 'an embarrassment' Tax cut complete, hawks push for military increase Pentagon documents hundreds of serious misconduct cases against top brass MORE, respectively.

No Republicans are yet raising significant money in races against targeted Democratic Sens. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusSteady American leadership is key to success with China and Korea Orrin Hatch, ‘a tough old bird,’ got a lot done in the Senate Canada crossing fine line between fair and unfair trade MORE (Mont.) and Tim JohnsonTimothy (Tim) Peter 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.”