Eight Democrats have topped $1 million raised in the last three months. Sen. Al FrankenAl FrankenSenators challenge status quo on Saudi arms sales Overnight Defense: Senate rejects effort to block Saudi arms sale | ISIS may have fired chemical agent in Iraq | Trump, Gary Johnson tied among military voters Human rights groups cheer Saudi arms sale vote despite failure MORE (Minn.) leads the pack so far with just under $2 million raised, with Sen. Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (Ark.) close behind after a $1.9 million quarter. Sen. Kay HaganKay HaganPhoto finish predicted for Trump, Clinton in North Carolina Are Senate Republicans facing an election wipeout? Clinton's lead in NC elevates Senate race MORE (N.C.) brought in $1.6 million, Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Energy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE (Colo.) raised $1.5 million, and Sens. Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuLouisiana needs Caroline Fayard as its new senator La. Senate contender books seven-figure ad buy Crowded field muddies polling in Louisiana Senate race MORE (La.) and Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenDems call for better birth control access for female troops GOP puts shutdown squeeze play on Dems Senators seek to boost women in international forces MORE (N.H.) brought in $1.2 million apiece. Landrieu has just shy of $3.5 million in the bank for her reelection push.
Early money is key for these candidates, as many are likely to face well-funded challengers and Republican-affiliated outside groups have a big cash advantage. Candidates also get air time at cheaper rates than committees and outside groups, making their money go further.
Another solid haul comes from Rep. Bruce BraleyBruce BraleyCriminal sentencing bill tests McConnell-Grassley relationship Trump's VP list shrinks Vernon wins Iowa House Dem primary MORE (Iowa), Democrats' likely nominee to replace retiring Sen. Tom HarkinTom HarkinGrassley challenger no stranger to defying odds Clinton ally stands between Sanders and chairmanship dream Do candidates care about our health or just how much it costs? MORE (D-Iowa). Braley brought in $1 million as well.
In most of these races there are no announced GOP candidates, giving Democrats a jump-start on fundraising. Rep. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoSenate committee to consider miner pension bill GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase GOP to Obama: Sanction Chinese entities to get to North Korea MORE (W.Va.), the GOP front-runner to replace retiring Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerLobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner Overnight Tech: Senate panel to vote on Dem FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.) did have a strong haul for an inexpensive state, bringing in more than $900,000. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who recently announced a bid against Landrieu, brought in $500,000 but has a strong $2.4 million warchest.
Pryor, Landrieu, Hagan, Begich and Baucus are likely the most vulnerable incumbents.