Senate Democrats' Donations Edge GOP Counterparts

July 16, 2011

Democratic state Senate candidates slightly outraised their Republican counterparts from April through June and had more money on hand for the battle ahead for outright partisan control of the General Assembly.

Campaign finance reports due Friday show Democrats, fighting to preserve a narrow Senate majority, pulled a little more than $2.5 million in second quarter fundraising. Republicans running for the Senate pulled in about $2.23 million.

That gives Democratic candidates about $4.2 million on hand compared to $3.6 million Republicans had in the bank as of June 30.

A net gain of two Senate seats gives Republicans a 20-20 split in the 40-member Senate, but Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling breaks tie votes. That would give the GOP the legislature and governor's office for the first time in 10 years.

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