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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