Senate hopefuls collected $500K a day last year

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Associated Press

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 20 at 3:04 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — This year's Senate incumbents and hopefuls collectively picked up more than a half-million dollars a day last year, signaling 2013's off-year cash boom will spell never-ending campaign ads, mail and phone calls this year.

Democrats on the ballot in 2014 raised more than $108 million last year, besting Republicans' $87 million. Incumbent Democrats outpaced incumbent Republicans in fundraising by more than 2-to-1 and outspent incumbent Republicans by almost 3-to-1.

Heading into this election year, though, both parties' candidates have roughly the same amount banked, around $80 million.

Thirty-five Senate seats are up for grabs this year, and Democrats will be defending 21 of them. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to wrest the Senate from Democratic control.

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