(JustPatriots.com)- On Wednesday, the National Republican Congressional Committee announced that in the second quarter of this year, it had raised a record-breaking $45.4 million. Twenty million of that was raised in the month of June alone.
Meanwhile, the National Democratic Congressional Committee reported a second-quarter haul of $36.5 million — $14.4 million just in the month of June.
The NRCC’s strategy so far this year has been to focus on some of the major problems plaguing the Biden Administration during its brief tenure – including the ongoing crisis at the southern border, rising crime in American cities, as well as rising costs and inflation caused in part by the pile-on spending of the “American Rescue Plan” COVID “relief” omnibus bill.
Republicans believe that Biden’s frequent missteps and disasters, along with the prospect of even more crushing spending by Democrats, will give them the edge they need to flip vulnerable Democrat seats in 2022.
The Republicans only need to flip five seats to retake the House.
In the Senate, 34 Senators are facing reelection in November 2022 – fourteen Democrats and fifteen Republicans. Another five Republicans whose terms expire have already announced that they will not run for reelection.
Republicans best hope to flip Senate seats to retake the majority lie in Georgia and Arizona where both Democrat Raphael Warnock and Democrat Mark Kelly are set to run for their first full term in 2022.
Among Republicans up for reelection in the Senate, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott raised a staggering $9.6 million in the previous quarter – the most any sitting Senator has reported raising so far in this election cycle.
During the 2020 election, Democrats attempted to flip South Carolina’s other Senate seat from Republican to Democrat – pouring immense resources and campaign cash into the race to unseat Lindsey Graham and elect Democrat Jamie Harrison. Harrison spent a whopping $86 million dollars, but lost to Graham by ten points.
On the House side, individual Democrat incumbents are outraising their Republican colleagues by quite a lot. On average Democrat incumbents targeted by Republicans have about $2 million in cash on hand. While Republican incumbents on average have about $750,000.
However, the averages are skewed quite a bit thanks to one Democrat, California Congresswoman Katie Porter. Porter alone hauled in $2.7 million during the second quarter and currently has nearly $13 million cash on hand.
Fundraising gaps between Democrat House members and their Republican colleagues are common. But according to Politico, Republican members are quickly closing that gap.