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 TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS 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 DonnellyWatchdog accuses pro-Kavanaugh group of sending illegal robotexts in 2018 Lobbying world Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (Ind.), Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillIranian attacks expose vulnerability of campaign email accounts Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Ocasio-Cortez blasts NYT editor for suggesting Tlaib, Omar aren't representative of Midwest MORE (Mo.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Senate Dems lose forced vote against EPA power plant rule Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever MORE (W.Va.) and Tina SmithTina Flint SmithOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick Our hidden infrastructure crisis: School cafeterias MORE (Minn.), who took office last month after Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenTake Trump literally and seriously in Minnesota Ninth woman accuses Al Franken of inappropriate contact Al Franken to host SiriusXM radio show 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.