Washington (CNN) – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outpaced its Republican counterpart for the month of September, according to numbers released late Thursday.
In a push to regain control of the House of Representatives, the fundraising arm for House Democrats raised $6.64 million last month, compared with $3.8 million raised by the National Republican Campaign Committee.
Republicans hold a 242-193 seat majority in the House and Democrats have launched a “Drive to 25” campaign representing the number of seats they need to win back the majority.
Funds raised by the DCCC will be leveraged toward 2012 congressional campaigns. The committee reported $9.47 million in cash-on-hand for that effort, but the NRCC reported $12.17 million as it tries to retain control of the House.
When it comes to fundraising, Democrats boast $47.90 million in cash raised this year, while Republicans have raised $44.18 million. Both committees posted debt, with Republicans owing $1.5 million and Democrats with debt totaling $2 million.
DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel said the figures are a sign the Republican majority is in jeopardy.
"While we are in the minority in Congress, we’re with the majority of the American people and grassroots support from across the country is fueling our campaign to put control of the House of Representatives back in the people’s hands," Israel said in a statement.
On the Senate side, Democrats also came out ahead-the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reported raising $4.53 million in September and the National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $3.42 million that month.
Democrats hold a 53-47 seat majority in the U.S. Senate, including two independents who often caucus with the Dems. The Democratic committee has $10.9 million in cash-on-hand to use in their fight to retain control of the chamber in 2012. Republicans have $6.8 million in cash to use in their effort to take Senate control away from Democrats.
Two Republican senators have announced they will retire at the end of their current term, leaving open seats; six Democratic senators have said they will retire as well.
The NRSC raised $30.6 million this Senate campaign cycle, and remains debt-free. The DSCC brought in $33.2 million in the same timeframe, but did not disclose its debt when requested.