Senate Democrats are doing better in fundraising than their Republican opponents in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections, Talking Points Memo reported in an analysis of the first three months of 2018 in Federal Election Commission filings.
All 10 of the Democratic senators that are running in states President Donald Trump won are in the fundraising lead over their GOP opponents, and non-incumbents have brought in financial hauls for the quarter that are enough to make strong runs at four Republican-held seats, the analysis said.
However, Democrats still face an uphill battle to defend those 10 seats, while Republicans only have to defend one seat in a state won by Hillary Clinton.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., raised the most among the Democrats with $3.5 million, while Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., came close, pulling in $3.4 million, the analysis said.
Most of the Democratic senators in states Trump won brought in twice as much as their nearest Republican opponents, and all have at least twice the amount of cash as their top rivals — five of the 10 Democrats have at least four times the cash of their leading opponents.
Even the lowest haul among the 10 senators, the $800,000 brought in by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was more than double the amount of his opponents Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., and Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey brought in the quarter, the analysis noted.
Non-incumbent Democrats are also doing well, with Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, bringing in $6.7 million in the race against incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who brought in $2.1 million.
In the House of Representatives, Democratic challengers to Republican incumbents are also in better financial shape, a Politico analysis of the FEC filings found.
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