It's not so easy being a Democrat this year. Incumbent senators up for re-election and even new candidates are facing troubling poll numbers as the political winds have shifted thanks, at least in part, to a long drawn-out battle on health care. But many Senate hopefuls in battleground states have one major advantage: cash on hand. They especially seem to benefit in states where the Republicans are locked in primaries.
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Based on the first quarter fundraising reports compiled by a Democratic source and verified via the Federal Election Commission, most of the Democratic senators and candidates have more money -- in some cases millions more -- in the bank than their GOP rivals. The Democrats even lead in states where they have primary fights of their own. Of course, that's what you'd expect when you're the party in power, hold Senate chairmanships and the president helps you raise money across the country.
Either party can cherry pick numbers from financial reports to suggest they are better positioned, to be sure. The Democrats like these figures because they see GOP wars playing out from California to Kentucky and think their candidates will be on solid financial ground. They also are smiling this month since reports show their campaign committees also have a financial advantage, thanks in part to the passage of health care.