WASHINGTON (CNN) – Senate Republicans raised more money last month than their Democratic counterparts and the GOP has more cash-on-hand 14 months before the midterm elections.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised nearly $3.1 million in August compared to the $2.2 million the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) collected during that same time period, the two political operations reported on Thursday. The NRSC said it has $5.1 million in the bank, while the DSCC noted it has about $6.7 million. But Democrats also reported carrying a $2.9 million debt, while the GOP stated it had no financial liabilities.
In 2010, Democrats and Republicans each have 18 Senate seats up for re-election. The GOP must defend six open seats – four that are expected to be competitive: Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire and Ohio. Democrats have to defend two open seats and as of now one of those contests, Illinois, is considered competitive.
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