Democratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races

Democratic senators waging tight reelection bids saw a windfall in fundraising in the third quarter of 2021, beefing up their campaign bank accounts ahead of what are expected to be brutal fights to retain their seats.

Democratic incumbents in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire raised millions more than their top GOP opponents, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed Friday, establishing a cash advantage that will likely be key between now and next November. 

Arizona Sen. Mark KellyMark KellyKoch Industries buys solar power company from GOP Senate candidate Conservative group targeting Kelly, Hassan, Cortez Masto in multi-million-dollar ad blitz No deal in sight as Congress nears debt limit deadline MORE (D), known for consistently raking in large fundraising hauls, took in more than $8.1 million, finishing the first quarter with just more than $13 million cash on hand. His two biggest Republican rivals, Thiel Foundation President Blake Masters and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, raised $1 million and more than $560,000, respectively.

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In Georgia, Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockPerdue to challenge Kemp in Georgia governor primary: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown Georgia becomes ground zero for 2022 elections MORE (D) took in one of the biggest hauls of the quarter with $9.5 million, finishing September with more than $17.2 million in the bank. That far outpaces his top rival on the GOP side, former football star Herschel Walker, who raised more than $3.7 million and entered October with just shy of $2.5 million cash on hand.

Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoConservative group targeting Kelly, Hassan, Cortez Masto in multi-million-dollar ad blitz 91 House Dems call on Senate to expand immigration protections in Biden spending bill Historic immigration reform included in House-passed spending bill MORE (D) brought in $3.2 million in the third quarter and had $8.3 million in the bank. In the GOP primary, former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who entered the race in mid-August, raised $1.4 million in six weeks, while veteran Sam Brown took in $1 million.

And in New Hampshire, Sen. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanConservative group targeting Kelly, Hassan, Cortez Masto in multi-million-dollar ad blitz Biden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans Constant threats to government funding fail the American public MORE (D) raised nearly $3 million and finished September with almost $6.5 million in the bank. Republican Don Bolduc raised shy of $60,000, but Republicans are hoping to push Gov. Chris SununuChris SununuBiden plan for free at-home tests faces hurdles Chris Pappas launches reelection bid in New Hampshire Democrats optimistic as social spending bill heads to Senate MORE (R) into the race. 

Those four races will be key to determining which party controls the Senate, which is currently divided at 50-50. 

President BidenJoe BidenChina eyes military base on Africa's Atlantic coast: report Biden orders flags be flown at half-staff through Dec. 9 to honor Dole Biden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package MORE won all four states but was the first Democratic presidential nominee to do so in Arizona and Georgia since former President Clinton. 

Democrats are also looking to go on offense in states such as North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrTexas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term On The Money — IRS chief calls for reinforcements Burr brother-in-law ordered to testify in insider trading probe MORE (R) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R) are retiring, and in Wisconsin, where Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonFauci calls Ron Johnson's AIDS comment 'preposterous': 'I don't have any clue of what he's talking about' Wisconsin senators ask outsiders not to exploit parade attack 'for their own political purposes' It's time to bury ZombieCare once and for all MORE (R) has yet to announce if he’ll run for reelection.