The Oklahoman

Democrats narrowly edge GOP in funding

- Jill Colvin and Will Weissert

WASHINGTON – The fundraisin­g committee aiming to help Democrats maintain control of the House said Thursday it raised $106.5 million through the end of last month, narrowly edging the $105 million its Republican counterpar­t announced collecting over the same period.

The Democratic Congressio­nal Campaign Committee said it had its best third quarter ever for an off-election year, taking in $38.5 million between July 1 and Sept. 30. Its latest haul included $14.5 million in September.

That announceme­nt came hours after the National Republican Congressio­nal Committee called its ninemonth haul a 74% increase over last cycle, noting that it raised $25.8 million in the third quarter. The group said it now has $65 million cash on hand, nearly triple what it had at this time two years ago.

The Democratic committee reported slightly less in its campaign coffers, saying it had $63 million in cash on hand.

The impressive off-year fundraisin­g by both parties is another indication of how hotly contested the 2022 elections will be, when Republican­s have vowed to erase Democrats’ narrow control of both chambers of Congress.

Republican­s say their figures show a party energized heading into the midterms, as President Joe Biden’s popularity wanes and with history on their side.

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