- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 18, 2010

Senate Democrats’ campaign arm beat its January fundraising records last month, pulling in $5.1 million and just narrowly outraising Senate Republicans.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $5.1 million during the month, giving the group nearly $13 million in cash on hand 10 months ahead of the midterm elections that will determine control of the Senate.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $5.01 million, its best month of the 2010 election cycle so far. The group now has $10.7 million in cash on hand.

“The fact that we have been able to remain competitive with our Democrat counterparts despite entering this cycle vastly outnumbered in the Senate and facing a record fundraising gap from 2008, speaks to the growing energy among Republicans and independents across the country,” said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, chairman of NRSC.

Democrats will be trying to maintain their hold on the Senate in the 2010 midterm elections, in which voters will determine the fate of 36 seats. Democrats now hold 59 seats.

“With these resources, we will make sure that in November voters face a choice between Republicans standing with Washington’s special interests and Democrats who are standing up for them,” DSCC spokesman Eric Schultz said. “Our supporters are driven to get involved when they see the other party standing with the corporate interests on any given issue.”

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