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Democratic Senate campaign arm outraises GOP counterpart in September

Democratic Senate campaign arm outraises GOP counterpart in September
© Stefani Reynolds

The Democratic Senate campaign arm outraised its Republican counterpart by about $17 million in September as the party looks to flip the upper chamber next month.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raised nearly $43.7 million in September, nearly doubling its previous monthly fundraising record. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) reported raising $32.7 million, which included a $6 million loan.

Overall, the DSCC raised $83.8 million in the third quarter of the year, compared with about $66.7 million for the NRSC.

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Heading into October, the DSCC had about $30 million cash on hand, while the NRSC had about $22.6 million in the bank.

“The grassroots community’s support for our mission to flip the Senate has given us clear momentum in the home stretch, but our work is far from over and we must all double down in these final weeks through Election Day,” said DSCC Chairwoman Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoFavorites emerge as Latino leaders press Biden to appoint 5 Hispanics to Cabinet Senate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  McConnell, Graham warn GOP Senate majority on the line in Georgia MORE. "Democrats are in a strong position to win close races across the country, and we remain laser-focused on investing these critical resources into taking back the majority in November.” 

The DSCC’s hefty haul will give it the opportunity to possibly spend even more to boost candidates in the final sprint to Election Day, with the group noting it has ramped up investments in Iowa, Montana and North Carolina this fall.

The campaign arm has also made seven-figure ad buys in South Carolina and Texas, states with Senate races that had previously not been competitive.

Democratic Senate candidates have already emerged as fundraising powerhouses this cycle, with several raising tens of millions of dollars in some of the tightest races in the country.

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South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison, who is challenging Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRepublicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden Let's give thanks to Republican defenders of democracy Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts MORE (R-S.C.), shattered records with his $57 million fundraising total in the third quarter of the year. Maine Democrat Sara Gideon posted a $39.4 million haul in the same period, and Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly raised $38.7 million, while several others raised more than $20 million from July to September.

Republicans and Democrats are locked in a tight battle for control of the Senate, with Democrats needing to gain a net of three or four seats to gain control of the chamber depending on who wins the White House.

Republicans are confident they will be able to unseat Alabama Sen. Doug Jones (D), their top flip opportunity, but the GOP is defending seats in a number of competitive states, including Arizona, Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, Iowa, Montana, Georgia and South Carolina.