Vulnerable Senate Democrats off to quick fundraising starts

Eight Democrats have topped $1 million raised in the last three months. Sen. Al FrankenAl FrankenLiberal hypocrisy on the free exchange of ideas Winners and losers of the Dem convention Party unity overcomes chaos...and the Bernie-or-Bust crowd 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 HaganClinton's lead in NC elevates Senate race Democratic National Convention event calendar 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 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 gov: Trump helped 'shine a spotlight' on flood recovery Giuliani: Trump 'more presidential' than Obama in Louisiana visit Former Dem senator thanks Trump for visiting Louisiana MORE (La.) and Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenTaxpayers should be wary of false sugar reform proposals 10 things candidates need to know about women entrepreneurs Dem senators to GOP: Dump Trump 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. 

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One caveat: Sens. Max BaucusMax BaucusGlover Park Group now lobbying for Lyft Wyden unveils business tax proposal College endowments under scrutiny MORE (D-Mont.) and Mark BegichMark BegichRyan's victory trumps justice reform opponents There is great responsibility being in the minority Senate GOP deeply concerned over Trump effect MORE (D-Alaska) haven't posted their fundraising totals, and candidates with lower numbers often wait until the last minute to put their numbers out. Baucus already has $3.6 million in the bank, however, money that goes far in the inexpensive state. Begich had just shy of $1 million as of the end of 2012.

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 CapitoFidelity denies lobbying for student loan tax break Week ahead: Clinton, Dems to tout green agenda at convention Company announces closure of Ohio coal plants 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.

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