Six Democratic Senate incumbents who confront stiff challenges from Republicans for re-election this year brought home plenty of bacon in the fourth quarter, The Hill
reports. They all pulled between $1.1 million and $1.6 million during that period.
The group includes Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Jon Tester of Montana, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, and Bill Nelson of Florida.
Democrats are seeking to lock up their incumbent seats early in the race, so they can focus on incumbent Republican and open seats.
Tester has a total of $3.8 million in cash, compared to $4.3 million for Casey, $5 million for both McCaskill and Brown, $5.9 million for Stabenow, and $8.5 million for Nelson, The Hill reports.
Some of the Democrats have amassed more money than their Republican opponents. Tester’s competitor, Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., garnered $660,000 in the fourth quarter and has a cash kitty of $2.1 million.
Businessman John Brunner, one of the Republican primary candidates in Missouri, raked in $1.26 million in the fourth quarter, but he donated most of that himself. Brunner has only $200,000 in the bank.
Brown’s GOP challenger, Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, hasn’t released his quarterly figures but had $3.3 million cash on hand as of the end of September.
Businessman Tom Smith, an opponent of Casey’s, loaned himself $4.25 million and had $4.4 million in the bank as of year-end.
On the bright side for Republicans, their outside groups will almost certainly outspend the Democrats in Senate races, The Hill says. So the Democratic candidates are more desperate for cash than their GOP opponents.
Republicans need a net gain of only four seats to regain control of the Senate if President Barack Obama is re-elected, and only three seats if he loses.
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