House Dems show better first-quarter fundraising than at-risk Republicans

House Democrats are winning the early round of the 2013 fundraising battle over a number of at-risk Republicans.

Several House Republicans facing potentially tough reelection campaigns reported lackluster results in first-quarter filings with the Federal Election Commission, which were due Monday.

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Those stragglers could prove a headache for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) as it fights to prevent Democrats from picking up seats — or winning back the House — in the 2014 midterms.

“This should be a wake-up call to Republican members,” one GOP strategist told The Hill.

“They need to step it up if they want to keep the majority and keep [Rep.] Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.] out of the Speaker’s chair.”

Reps. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) and David Valadao (R-Calif.), who both face challenging reelection prospects in Democratic-leaning districts, each raised less than $100,000 for the quarter.

Valadao has less than $140,000 on hand and is carrying $40,000 in debt, while Miller has $415,000 in the bank.

Rep. Kerry BentivolioKerry BentivolioIndiana Republican: Leaders duped me Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote High drama as .1T spending package advances by one vote MORE (R-Mich.), who could be forced to fight tough primary and general election races, barely topped $40,000, and has just $36,000 in the bank. 

Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) brought in just over $40,000 in the slightly Republican-leaning district. 

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) raised less than $30,000, though he has the ability to self-fund his campaigns.

Other Republicans facing potentially competitive races are off to slow starts for the fundraising cycle.

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), a top Democratic target, raised less than $160,000. Rep. Dan BenishekDaniel (Dan) Joseph BenishekRepublican groups launch final ad blitz in key House battlegrounds Tea Party class reassesses record Michigan Republican to retire MORE (R-Mich.) raised less than $140,000, and Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) raised less than $90,000, although he has nearly $290,000 cash on hand.

Reps. Frank WolfFrank WolfTrump, global religious freedom needs US ambassador to lead Bottom Line 10 most expensive House races MORE (R-Va.) and Bill Young (R-Fla.) each raised $50,000.

Both longtime congressmen have had little problem holding onto their swing seats, but retirement rumors have swirled around them for years, and — if they do leave office — those seats could be very competitive.

Rep. Rick CrawfordRick CrawfordLobbying World Progressive group running ads opposing tax cuts for the wealthy Lawmakers send well-wishes to Scalise on Twitter MORE (R-Ark.), who Democrats hope to target despite his district’s conservative lean, raised just $60,000. Rep. Larry BucshonLarry Dean BucshonDem says ObamaCare repeal effort moves US ‘toward single-payer’ The Hill's 12:30 Report Watch: House GOP veterans appear in Memorial Day video MORE (R-Ind.) brought in less than $140,000.

There were a few GOP standouts, however.

Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa), a close ally of Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat MORE (R-Ohio), hauled in more than $300,000. Freshman Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), a top Democratic target, brought in more than $400,000, while Rep. Jim GerlachJim GerlachFormer reps: Increase support to Ukraine to deter Russia With Trump and GOP Congress, job creators can go on offense Big names free to lobby in 2016 MORE (R-Pa.) topped $300,000.

The overall pattern of GOP underperformance was mirrored at the national level.

The NRCC has lagged behind the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this year; it had $4.4 million in the bank to the DCCC’s $7.6 million as of the end of February.

“Republicans in Congress are finding the same problem with donors that polls show they have with voters — no one likes them,” said Jesse Ferguson, communications director for the DCCC.

Some Democrats had poor fundraising quarters.

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), a perennially weak fundraiser, brought in less than $90,000 and has just over $70,000 in her campaign account.

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), a top GOP target in a heavily Republican district, raised just $120,000.

Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.) all barely topped $100,000, though all three have won comfortably in their swing districts in previous years.

Rep. Nick RahallNick RahallLikely W.Va. Senate GOP rivals spar in radio appearances West Virginia is no longer Clinton country Solution needed: Rail congestion is stifling economic growth MORE (D-W.Va.) brought in just $140,000.

However, many more Democrats posted big hauls.

Freshman Reps. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), Joe GarciaJoe GarciaFlorida Dems hosting fundraiser for GOP lawmaker Freshman Curbelo wins reelection in Fla. LGBT Republican groups campaigning for Curbelo in Fla. MORE (D-Fla.) and Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.) all topped $500,000.

Rep. John BarrowJohn Jenkins BarrowOur democracy can’t afford to cut legal aid services from the budget Dem files Ethics complaint on Benghazi panel Barrow thanks staff in farewell speech MORE (D-Ga.), who holds a heavily Republican seat and is mulling a Senate run, brought in $420,000.

Freshman Reps. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.), all potential targets, topped $300,000 apiece. Reps. Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickMajor progressive group endorses Martha McSally challenger Women make little gains in new Congress McCain wins sixth Senate term MORE (D-Ariz.) and Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.), now in their second terms after 2012 victories, also cleared the $300,000 bar.

Some early Democratic recruits got off to fast starts as well. Former Colorado state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) brought in more than $500,000 and has a $100,000 cash advantage over Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), who also topped $500,000 for the quarter.

New York Democrat Sean Eldridge brought in more than $300,000, doubling Rep. Chris Gibson’s (R-N.Y.) $130,000 in fundraising for the quarter.

New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia (D) raised more than $410,000, outpacing Rep. Michael Grimm’s (R-N.Y.) $320,000.