The National Republican Congressional Committee raised more than its Democratic counterpart in March, bringing in $10.3 million, according to an NRCC aide.
The March haul brings the NRCC’s cash on hand to $6.9 million, and allowed the committee to pay off the $7 million in debt it carried from the 2014 midterms. It’s a rare feat for a party committee this early in the cycle. At the same point last cycle, the NRCC had $8.25 million in debt.
The NRCC also raised $2.1 million more than the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in March.
The DCCC reported bringing in $8.2 million last month, according to figures provided to the Hill . The DCCC reported $9.3 million in cash on hand as of March 31, and carried $4 million in debt on the same date.
Both committees raised nearly $20 million in the year’s first quarter. The DCCC raised $19.7 million in the first three months of 2015, while the NRCC raised $19.8 million in the same time frame.
The NRCC will largely be on defense this cycle, after it helped Republicans pick up 13 seats to give the GOP its largest House majority in decades.
Democrats, however, need to net 30 seats to win House control, a tough task with the limited opportunities available on the current congressional map.
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