Washington (CNN) – On the day that Sen. John Cornyn of Texas was re-elected as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the rival Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced it outraised the NRSC by more than $3 million last month.
The DSCC said Tuesday that it brought in $17.4 million in October, topping the NRSC's $14.2 million raised last month. The DSCC says it raised more than $107 million for the midterm election cycle, nearly $15 million than the NRSC brought in during the same period. And the DSCC points out to CNN that they outraised the NRSC in eight of the ten months this year.
"We were able to beat back Republicans this year because of the strong support from Democrats around the country," says DSCC Executive Director JB Poersch. "In state after state, as Republicans nominated extremist candidates, our supporters became more energized. Senate Democrats exceeded expectations this year because we had better candidates with the resources they needed running aggressive campaigns."
The announcement comes as Cornyn, a two-term Republican senator from Texas, was unanimously re-elected to steer the NRSC for another two years.
While some conservatives have criticized Cornyn for not doing enough this election cycle to help candidates backed by Tea Party activists, he's won applause for his fundraising and for netting seven Senate seats this year. Under Cornyn's watch, Republican Scott Brown won a special election in January in Massachusetts to fill the final two years of the term of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, and the GOP picked up another six Senate seats in this month's midterm elections.
The Democrats' current 59 to 41 majority in the Senate will be trimmed to 53 to 47 come the new Congress in January.
"Over the last two years, we were successful in adding nearly 400,000 new, first-time donors to the NRSC, we strengthened relationships with our longtime supporters and ultimately raised over $100 million. In fact, just last month, the NRSC raised $14.2 million, which represented the highest monthly total since the passage of McCain-Feingold in 2002," said Cornyn, in a statement following his re-election as NRSC chairman.
Right now GOP prospects for winning back control of the chamber in 2012 look realistic, as Democrats will be defending 23 of the 33 seats up for grabs.
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