Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has some very big electoral plans this year — but bringing them to fruition won’t necessarily be easy.
Senate Republicans broke fundraising records in the second quarter, as they look to hold onto a narrow majority and keep the upper chamber out of Democrats’ hands this November, according to the Washington Examiner.
Senate GOP breaks fundraising records
Republicans must defend a Senate map this year that includes a number of vulnerable incumbents, and Democrats need to gain just a handful of seats to flip control of the chamber.
Going by the polls, the fight looks pretty lopsided against Republicans. In terms of cash, however, the battle is tight.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which is the Senate GOP’s campaign arm, is continuing to set records, bringing in $14 million in June and over $35 million in the second quarter, according to The Hill. That’s somewhat more than the $13.6 million raised by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) in June, and $34 million in the second quarter.
All told, the NRSC has some $30 million on hand, compared to the DSCC’s roughly $38 million.
“Despite a challenging environment, Senator Young, Leader McConnell and the entire team at the NRSC continue to break every fundraising record on the books,” said NRSC spokesman Jesse Hunt said in a statement, according to The Hill. “People understand how important a Republican controlled Senate is to our country’s recovery, and they’re responding to make sure campaigns have all the support they need this election season.”
Battle remains tight
Meanwhile, the Senate Leadership Fund, a Super PAC tied to Mitch McConnell, raised some $30 million in June, the Examiner noted. The cash infusion is welcome news for Republicans. As the Hill reports, Democratic candidates in a number of tight races had a cash advantage of some $30 million in the second quarter.
Embattled Republican senators in states like Arizona and Maine are down in the polls as well as in cash. Arizona’s Martha McSally, for example, was outraised by some $3 million in the second quarter, and Maine’s Susan Collins was outraised by her Democratic competitor by a 3-1 margin, according to The Hill.
Should the Democrats win back the Senate, Schumer already has proposed eliminating the filibuster, as Fox News reported.
Despite a healthy cash flow, Republicans’ messaging has been directionless and confused. Republicans love President Trump more than the party, generally speaking, and the party hasn’t put up much resistance to the leftist mob that has been terrorizing America’s streets.
Needless to say, the stakes are pretty high. Republicans have the cash, now it’s time for them to campaign. They need to get serious and support the president.