Tags: 2014 Midterm Elections | Democrats | Republicans | fundraising | March | 2014

Democrats Outraise GOP Narrowly in March

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 02:43 PM

By Melissa Clyne

House Democrats narrowly outraised their GOP counterparts last month, according to The Washington Post.

Buoyed by appearances from President Barack Obama, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported raising $10.3 million in March, compared with $9.9 million for Republicans, a $400,000 difference.

The National Republican Congressional Committee had $31.2 in the bank at the end of the March. The DCCC had $40.2. Neither party is carrying any debt, according to the Post.

Despite the Democratic cash haul, Republicans appear to be closing in, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month.

In 2013, Democrats in the 54 most competitive House races outraised their Republican counterparts by 35 percent – or more than $10 million, according to the Journal.

Twenty-two of the 54 most competitive races, according to the Journal, have incumbent Democrats; 19 have incumbent Republicans and 13 are open seats. Incumbents, regardless of party, historically raise more money than their opponents.

Democrats need to pick up 17 seats to take a majority in the House, something the Post, citing strategists from both parties, characterized as "all but impossible."

National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Andrea Bozek echoes those sentiments in the Journal.

"Voters understand that it's going to take a lot of money for Democrats this cycle to explain their vote for Obamacare," she said.

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