Senate Dems campaign group raised $5.8 million in December

Senate Dems campaign group raised $5.8 million in December
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The Democrats' Senate campaign arm raked in $5.8 million in December, outraising the Senate GOP campaign committee as both groups prepare for crucial elections in 2018. 

At the same time, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) finished paying off the last of its election debt and is entering the New Year with $19 million in its bank account. 

Politico first reported the DSCC's December fundraising haul. 

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The committee's fundraising haul for the month and its cash on hand puts it ahead of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which reported raising $3.4 million in December and ending the year with $15.3 million on hand.

Both groups are gearing up for a series of potentially pivotal campaign fights in 2018. While Democrats are hoping to make gains by capitalizing on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE's low approval ratings, the party is fending off Senate challenges in more states than Republicans are. 

Democrats are facing challenges in 10 states that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election. 

Among the most vulnerable Democratic senators, according to the Cook Political Report, are Sens. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyGinsburg health scare raises prospect of election year Supreme Court battle Watchdog accuses pro-Kavanaugh group of sending illegal robotexts in 2018 Lobbying world MORE (Ind.), Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillGinsburg health scare raises prospect of election year Supreme Court battle MSNBC's McCaskill: Trump used 'his fat thumbs' to try to intimidate Yovanovitch GOP senator rips into Pelosi at Trump rally: 'It must suck to be that dumb' MORE (Mo.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinNo one wins with pro-abortion litmus test Senate confirms Brouillette to replace Perry as Energy secretary Political purity tests are for losers MORE (W.Va.) and Tina SmithTina Flint SmithDemocrats will win back the Senate majority in 2020, all thanks to President Trump On The Money: Fed faces crossroads as it weighs third rate cut | Dem presses Mnuchin on 'alleged rampant corruption' | Boeing chief faces anger at hearing | Trouble for House deal on Ex-Im Bank Democrats renew push for contractor back pay from government shutdown MORE (Minn.), who took office last month after Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' Take Trump literally and seriously in Minnesota Ninth woman accuses Al Franken of inappropriate contact MORE (D-Minn.) resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations.

But GOP-held seats in Tennessee, Nevada and Arizona are all considered vulnerable in 2018, according to Cook.