Senate GOP candidates lag in cash but lead in polls

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On paper, it’s not just the Republican campaign fundraising arms that have money problems. Several of their Senate candidates do as well.

In all but one of the eight states where Republicans are locked in primary battles for the party’s nomination, the Democratic candidates already have cash on hand advantages, some of them significant.

Add that to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s cash on hand advantage over its Republican counterpart — it started the year with $12.5 million to the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s $8.3 million — and it looks like the GOP faces a steep uphill path.

“These primaries not only present political problems, but also are inhibiting GOP chances of building adequate war chests,” a Democratic strategist said.

Republicans argue that their leads in much of the polling, along with competitive primaries on the Democratic side, put them in what NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh said is “a far stronger financial position relative to the Democrats, compared to two years ago.”

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.