Senate GOP tops Dems in April fundraising

Senate GOP tops Dems in April fundraising
The Republican Senate campaign arm outraised its Democratic counterpart for the first time this year in April.
 
The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $4.2 million last month, compared to $3.8 million for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
 
That’s the best nonelection year April fundraising haul on record for the NRSC.
 
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The GOP campaign arm paid off a significant chunk of debt, lowering its outstanding liabilities from $6 million at the end of March to $3.5 million at the end of April. The group’s cash on hand remained steady at about $5 million.
 
The DSCC ended the month with $7.6 million in cash on hand, up from $7.1 million last month. The group lowered its outstanding debt from $13.7 million last month to $12.6 million now.
 
The DSCC has outraised the NRSC by about $2.6 million this year to date.
 
Republicans will be defending 24 Senate seats heading into 2016, compared with 10 for Democrats. 
 
The GOP currently has an eight-seat advantage in the upper chamber, meaning Democrats will need to pick up five seats to regain a majority.