The National Republican Senatorial Committee in February raised $3.8 million — more than the group has raised during the same month of an off year for the past three cycles, Roll Call
The NRSC finished February with $4.3 million in cash on hand, with debt of $8 million accrued during the 2014 elections. In January, the NRSC raised $2.5 million, ending the month with $4 million in cash on hand and $10 million in debt.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had not released its February figures — they are due to the Federal Election Commission Friday — but in January the DSCC outraised its Republican counterparts by bringing in $4.5 million compared to the GOP’s $2.5 million.
That month represented the best January of a non-election year for the DSCC, with the committee ending the month with more than $2.6 million cash on hand and $15 million in operating debt. Roll Call noted that a $5 million mortgage the DSCC took out last summer to purchase the Mott House was not included in the committee’s debt figure.
"The mortgage does not comprise any part of the committee’s operational debt that it pays down during the cycle," according to Roll Call
Twenty-four of the 34 incumbents up for re-election in 2016 are Republicans and the competition stands to be fierce, Roll Call reported.
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza
in February compiled a list of the top 10 most vulnerable Senate seats in 2016, eight of them currently held by Republicans.
Cillizza’s prediction for most vulnerable was Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk followed by Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who may face a challenge from Russ Feingold, who held the seat as a Democrat until being ousted by Johnson in 2010.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada is third on Cillizza’s list.
Roll Call reports that Reid and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet are the GOP’s two "serious offensive opportunities" to pick up seats and ward off the Dems from getting the net gain of five seats needed to retake the majority after losing nine seats in 2014.
In January, the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics Sabato’s Crystal Ball
said that while Nevada "leans Democratic," a challenge from Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval could "seriously endanger" Reid’s political future.
Bennet, the senior senator from swing state Colorado, reportedly could face a challenge from one of two popular Republican officials in the Centennial State: Rep. Mike Coffman or his wife, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman.
© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.