DSCC’s September Take More Than Double NRSC’s

Posted October 20, 2008 at 11:31am

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $14.4 million in September, far outpacing the National Republican Senatorial Committee and padding its cash advantage with two weeks to go until Election Day.

“Our successful September fundraising will allow us to put dollars into get-out-the-vote operations, which we hope will give our candidates the extra push they need on Election Day,” DSCC Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) said in a statement.

Last month’s double-digit total gave the DSCC $26.3 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30, roughly $9 million more than the NRSC. Senate Republicans raised $6.6 million in September and closed out the month with $17.4 million in the bank.

Through Sept. 30, the DSCC had raised $117.3 million for the cycle and the NRSC $74.3 million.

“We knew all along that the DSCC would have to try to buy races to win — they had inferior candidates across the country,” NRSC spokeswoman Rebecca Fisher said. “They will spend more than $100 million trying to buy the U.S. Senate. How else could people like [Minnesota candidate] Al Franken get elected?”

Senate Republicans face a playing field that is heavily skewed against them this cycle. Republicans are defending 23 seats to the Democrats’ 12, only one of which is considered in danger of flipping to the GOP.

With incumbents such as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) appearing to be in electoral jeopardy, Democrats are now looking at picking up a possible net gain of nine seats — which would give them a 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority. In 2006, Democrats picked up six seats on their way to winning the majority.