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DSCC Outraised NRSC In October

November 16, 2010

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised its Republican counterpart in October, an advantage that aided Democrats' effort to retain their Senate majority this year.

The DSCC raised a stunning $17.4 million in October while the National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $14.2 million, a record for the GOP committee.

"We were able to beat back Republicans this year because of the strong support from Democrats around the country," said DSCC Executive Director J.B. Poersch. "Senate Democrats exceeded expectations this year because we had better candidates with the resources they needed running aggressive campaigns."

Throughout the cycle, both committees have benefitted from large transfers. The DSCC in particular, has benefitted from fundraisers featuring Pres. Obama and transfers from the Democratic National Committee.

Nevertheless, the October reports show the DSCC's fundraising prowess as a big part of their ability to save the majority which appeared to be in play at several points throughout the cycle. The DSCC outraised the NRSC by $15 million over the course of the cycle.

In particular, the DSCC fundraising allowed it to spend millions in Nevada, Colorado and Washington defending Sens. Harry Reid (D), Michael Bennet (D) and Patty Murray (D) -- three incumbents that ultimately became their firewall.

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