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GOP campaign arms post strong March hauls

GOP campaign arms post strong March hauls
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Republican campaign arms reported huge March hauls, with the first few months of President Trump's administration proving beneficial to the party's pocketbook. 

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) raised $15.5 million in March, closing the first quarter of the new year with almost $36 million in donations. That's a dramatic increase from the first quarter of 2015, the last off-year, when the NRCC raised about $20 million. 

Roll Call first reported the NRCC's figures. 
 
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On the Senate side, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) announced a $7 million haul for March, a figure that an aide told The Hill is a record for an off-year month. 
 
The aide added that 20,000 new donors gave to the NRSC in the first quarter of the year and that the new filing will show that the group has more than $13 million in the bank. 
 
Republicans face an advantageous map in the Senate, where they will have to defend only two competitive seats, while Democrats have to defend 10 seats in states Trump won in 2016. 
 
But things are more up in the air in the House, where midterm election cycles are rarely kind to the party of the incumbent president.