Updated: 12:38 p.m.After outraising its Democratic counterpart for two straight months, the National Republican Senatorial Committee lagged behind the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in September by $2.7 million.The NRSC announced Friday that it raised $3.2 million last month, but after spending nearly as much as it brought in, the GOP committee ended the month with $5.2 million in cash on hand. The DSCC, meanwhile, raised $5.9 million and ended the month with $10.3 million on hand. The Democratic committee spent $2.5 million in September.The NRSC has not reported any debt since March while the DSCC continues to carry $2.5 million in debt from last cycle. That’s down from the $2.9 million in debt that the DSCC reported at the end of August.“Despite the troubling economic conditions, Democrats across the country are energized and united heading into the mid-term elections, which is reflected in the continued strength of our fundraising numbers,— DSCC Executive Director J.B. Poersch said. NRSC officials were quick to point out that the committee is well ahead of its pace compared to this point last cycle.In September 2007, the NRSC raised $2.9 million, bringing its year-to-date total to $23.8 million. With last month’s haul, the NRSC is now up to $29.7 million in year-to-date fundraising. The DSCC raised $5.3 million in September 2007, making its year-to-date total $42 million. So far this year, the DSCC has raised $33.3 million.Democrats have argued that a better comparison comes from looking back to the last midterm election cycle. In September 2005, the DSCC raised $4.1 million, bringing its nine-month total to $32 million. The NRSC had raised $3.3 million in September of that year, making its year-to-date total $28.3 million.