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House Democratic campaign arm outraises GOP counterpart in February

House Democratic campaign arm outraises GOP counterpart in February
© Greg Nash

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the body charged with electing Democrats to the House of Representatives, outraised its GOP counterpart in February. 

New filings with the Federal Election Commission showed the DCCC hauled in over $17 million last month and finished February with roughly $72.5 million cash on hand.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) raised over $15 million in that same time period and finished the month with $45.1 million in the bank.

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When asked about the margin over the GOP committee, a DCCC spokesperson declined to comment, citing the seriousness of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Democrats flipped the House in 2018 and are eager to build on their majority in this year’s elections, though they are defending several members in swing districts.

Republicans will need to net 20 seats in 2020 to recapture control of the House, though they too are guarding a handful of competitive seats.

Republicans had openly hoped that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Trump mocks Joe Biden's drive-in rallies at North Carolina event Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE (I-Vt.), a self-described democratic socialist, would emerge as the Democratic presidential nominee so they can paint down-ballot Democrats as too far left, though former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Brad Pitt narrates Biden ad airing during World Series MORE, a centrist, has opened up a substantial delegate lead in the primary race, allaying concerns of some moderate members.

The DCCC has consistently brought in more money than its GOP counterpart, raising alarms among Republicans that they are ceding the battle for control of the House.

“Our members need to get their act together and raise more money,” NRCC Chairman Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerMcCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments 3 congressmen on Air Force One with Trump took commercial flight after president's diagnosis House Democrats' campaign arm reserves .6M in ads in competitive districts MORE (R-Minn.) said in January.