Senate Democrats’ official campaign arm raised $16 million in the month of September, bringing its fundraising total this cycle to more than $127 million and leaving the group with $14.2 million on hand for the sprint to election day.
“As the campaign enters its final weeks, Democrats are in strong position to hold the majority,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Executive Director Guy Cecil said in a release.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) said last week it had brought in a record $15.5 million in September and that it’s on a pace of more than $97 million so far this cycle.
“This class of Republican candidates is one of the strongest in decades and these resources will help lead them to victory in November,” said Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, the NRSC chairman.
Though Republicans are largely playing offense in their quest to pick up the net of six Senate seats they need in order to re-take control of the chamber, they have consistently been faced with such a fundraising deficit against their Democratic counterpart.
Races in Kansas and South Dakota that had not really been on the radar earlier in the year but now have Republicans in tough fights could also complicate the GOP’s path to the majority.
Still, multiple election forecast models say Republicans have the edge about three weeks out from election day.