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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 TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 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 DonnellyBiden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Harris walks fine line on Barrett as election nears The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Showdown: Trump-Biden debate likely to be nasty MORE (Ind.), Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Lobbying world Former McCaskill aides launch PAC seeking to thwart Hawley MORE (Mo.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinBiden officials hold call with bipartisan group of senators on coronavirus relief plan Harry Reid 'not particularly optimistic' Biden will push to eliminate filibuster Durbin: Senate should consider changes to filibuster MORE (W.Va.) and Tina SmithTina Flint SmithSenate Democrats file ethics complaint against Hawley, Cruz over Capitol attack Senate majority battle snags Biden Cabinet hopefuls Smith wins reelection in Minnesota MORE (Minn.), who took office last month after Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenHarrison seen as front-runner to take over DNC at crucial moment The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans The Hill's Morning Report - Fearing defeat, Trump claims 'illegal' ballots 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.