Washington (CNN) - To keep control of the Senate, Patty Murray, Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is targeting six currently Republican held Senate seats while defending the 23 seats held by Democrats up for reelection in 2012.
Although she's not expecting the cycle to be easy, the senior Washington senator said unrest in the Republican Party only helps her chances.
Washington (CNN) – As the next battle for the Senate heats up, the Democrat's re-election committee brought in more money than its Republican counterpart in February.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Monday reports raising more than $3.4 million last month, which they say is the strongest February cash haul by either Senate party committee ever in an off election year.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced the hiring of Matt Canter as their new communications director Wednesday. He was previously the communications director for Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Canter will make the leap from managing the communications for one Senate campaign to managing the message for senatorial campaigns across the country as Democrats seek to hold on to their majority. With twice as many Democratic senators retiring than Republicans, Democrats must ready a battle plan for 2012 that accounts for the obstacles of keeping blue the seats of three retiring Democratic senators and one retiring senator who caucuses with Democrats, Joe Lieberman.
Washington (CNN) - The fundraising outlook is better for Republicans than Democrats this month, since the GOP outraised the current Senate majority party by roughly $200,000.
Though the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee broke its own fundraising record for the first month of an election cycle by bringing in $2.63 million, the National Republican Senatorial Committee edged out Dem fundraising numbers by taking in $2.86 million in the month of January.
CNN - Robby Mook has been named executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel announced today.
A former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer, Mook will now run the campaign arm for the House Democrats as they gear up for the 2012 elections. Mook served as the DCCC's independent expenditure director since May of 2010.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raised $127 million this past election cycle, the most they've ever brought in during a midterm election season.
According to records filed Friday, the DSCC raised $19.9 million from mid-October through mid-November, spending $33 million during that period.
Washington (CNN) – Washington Sen. Patty Murray accepted the chairmanship of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Tuesday morning, two sources confirm to CNN.
"She was pushed," a source close to Murray told CNN. "It certainly wasn't something she had any plan for election day."
Thirty-three Senate seats are up for grabs in 2012, with 23 of those belonging to Democrats and the two independents who caucus with them.
Washington (CNN) – Democratic Party officials are blasting out emails accusing the Senate's second ranking Republican of backtracking on his pledge not to seek earmarks, but a closer look by CNN shows their accusations appear unfounded.
At issue – a $200 million project to provide drinking water for an Indian tribe in Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl's home state of Arizona.
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.
Washington (CNN) - When Senate Democrats held their leadership elections Tuesday morning, one spot was left vacant.
There is still no chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and it appears the reason is that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hasn't convinced anyone to take the job yet.