Washington (CNN) - In the important battle for campaign cash, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has edged out its GOP counterpart, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, when it comes to funds raised last month and money in the bank.
The DSCC reports Tuesday afternoon that it brought in $6 million in March, and says it has over $17 million cash on hand. Earlier Tuesday the NRSC reported raising $5.14 million last month, with just over $15 million in the bank. Neither committee reports holding any debt.
Both committees are touting their fundraising totals.
"As the election gets closer, enthusiasm for Democrats is growing and our strong fundraising numbers are evidence of that," says DSCC Executive Director J.B. Poersch.
"We have successfully added more than 240,000 first-time supporters to the NRSC donor rolls and increased our fundraising by nearly 25 percent more than last cycle. We deeply appreciate this growing support and are committed to doing everything possible to helping our Senate Republican candidates win in November," says NRSC Executive Director Rob Jesmer.
The Democrats and Republicans are each defending 18 Senate seats this November. The Democrats currently hold a 59 to 41 advantage in the chamber, thanks to the support of independent Sens. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Saunders of Vermont, who caucus with the Democrats.
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