Democratic Senatorial Committee Outraises Republicans in February

Dems still worried money won't be enough to overcome expanded campaign map

The Hill reported Thursday that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) outraised its Republican counterpart by more than $1 million in February, setting a new record for the month with $6.8 million. That figure puts the DSCC at $66 million, its largest total yet for an election cycle.

During the same month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised $5.47 million, at just under $47 million total for the 2014 cycle, $19 million behind the Democrats.

Despite the significant lead in campaign cash, the Democrat committee is still deeply worried about the upcoming election. Not only is Obamacare an albatross around the party’s neck, but the president’s dismal poll numbers largely take him out of the action.

Another troubling factor is the broadening campaign map, expanded by Republicans through an increasing number of competitive races, which is forcing the Democrats to abandon the more challenging campaigns. From The Hill:

NRSC communications director Brad Dayspring suggested in a statement that the expanding map would in fact cause Democrats to abandon candidates in tough states, like West Virginia, Montana and Kentucky.

"From Alaska to Louisiana, New Hampshire to Oregon, it's clear that Republicans have expanded the map and a strong field of candidates to win the Senate majority. Democrats are on defense in fourteen states, so it's simply a matter of time before they have to start diverting resources from a Mary Landrieu or a Kay Hagan to Mark Udall or Jeanne Shaheen.

"Meanwhile, it's clear that long-shot candidates like Natalie Tennant, John Walsh and Alison Lundergan Grimes will have to be cut off," he said.

At the same time, the NRSC’s communications director explains, the expanding campaign map plays right into the Republicans’ strengths. DSCC executive director Guy Cecil conceded that major fundraising sources like the Koch Brothers will allow the Republicans to cover the now 10-state campaign map with less difficulty, while " ... Democrats are boosted almost entirely by our grassroots donors.”