The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $17.4 million in October, more than $3 million more than the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the final month of the campaign.
NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) told Roll Call last week that his committee brought in $14.2 million in October. Republicans went on to pick up six Democratic Senate seats and moved the party closer to its goal of winning back the Senate in 2012.
Cornyn was unanimously re-elected today to serve another term at the helm of the NRSC. About twice as many Democrats as Republicans are up for re-election in 2012.
In 2010, Democrats were able to hold states like Colorado and Nevada that were once considered among the most vulnerable. Incumbents also won re-election in Washington and California — more difficult states for Republicans to pick up but where the NRSC invested heavily on behalf of its top-tier candidates.
In releasing the committee’s numbers, DSCC Executive Director J.B. Poersch said Democrats were successful thanks to the poor candidates Republicans nominated in several states and the energy that ignited among the Democratic base.
“Senate Democrats exceeded expectations this year because we had better candidates with the resources they needed running aggressive campaigns,” Poersch said.
But it’s no secret the 2012 landscape seems rough, and Senate Democrats still have not found anyone who wants to take the DSCC job for the next cycle.