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Congressional Republicans Outraise Dems in April

Congressional Republicans Outraise Dems in April

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - May 18, 2012


The GOP's House campaign organization slightly outraised its Democratic counterpart in April and also ended the month with $2 million more in cash.

The National Republican Congressional Committee reported raising $6.9 million last month, outdistancing the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s $6.5 million. Though the margin is slim, it marks the first time in several months that Republicans bested Democrats in fundraising for House campaigns.

The GOP group also has more money in the bank: The NRCC reported having $31.3 million in cash on hand while the DCCC has $25 million. In April, the NRCC netted $4.2 million and the DCCC netted $2.2 million.

Democrats need to gain 25 seats in the November elections to reclaim the speaker’s gavel. Analysts say the challenge is a difficult one, and some believe that the party will only pick up five to 15 seats. DCCC Chairman Steve Israel told reporters last week that the committee is within range of its goal, and predicted that the margins will at least be “razor close” on Election Day. But Israel also said he has been asking the Democratic National Committee for financial help with down-ballot races. The DNC and the Obama re-election campaign do not plan to share money with the congressional campaign groups anytime soon.

House Speaker John Boehner said in an interview last month that Republicans have a one-in-three chance of losing their majority in the lower chamber. NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (pictured) told reporters last week that Boehner’s claim was meant to keep voters and donors on their toes. Sessions even predicted that the GOP would gain seats, though analysts say that chance is slim. 

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at chueyburns@realclearpolitics.com. Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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