Senate GOP campaign arm raises $5.1M in February

Senate GOP campaign arm raises $5.1M in February
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The Senate GOP’s campaign arm raised $5.1 million last month, the committee's best off-year February fundraising in the past 16 years.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) reported Monday that it has raised about $9.3 million so far this year and has nearly $10.3 million cash on hand, according to figures provided by the NRSC.

The group’s Democratic counterpart has yet to release its February figures. But the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) fell short to the NRSC in January fundraising, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

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The DSCC raised nearly $3.7 million in January, but was outpaced slightly by the NRSC, which raised $4.2 million that same month. And the Democratic committee had almost $5.3 million cash on hand at the end of January, while the NRSC had $9.8 million in its campaign account at that time.

At the end of January, the NRSC had $18 million in outstanding debt, while the DSCC was $19.3 million in debt.

While it’s still early in the 2018 cycle, Senate Republicans are looking to hold onto their majority in the upper chamber.

Republicans only need to defend eight seats in the midterm election, while Democrats will need to protect 25. And 10 of those Democratic-held seats are in states carried by President Trump in the November election.

Republicans currently have a two-seat advantage and will be seeking to flip enough seats to get them to a 60-seat, filibuster-proof Senate majority.