Vulnerable Senate Democrats off to quick fundraising starts

Eight Democrats have topped $1 million raised in the last three months. Sen. Al FrankenAl FrankenJudiciary Dems seek hearing on voting rights Senate passes resolution honoring Prince Senators aim to bolster active shooter training MORE (Minn.) leads the pack so far with just under $2 million raised, with Sen. Mark PryorMark PryorEx-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood Ex-Sen. Landrieu joins law and lobby firm MORE (Ark.) close behind after a $1.9 million quarter. Sen. Kay HaganKay Hagan10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 Senate Republicans are feeling the 'Trump effect' Washington's lobby firms riding high MORE (N.C.) brought in $1.6 million, Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallEnergy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium Two vulnerable senators lack challengers for 2016 MORE (Colo.) raised $1.5 million, and Sens. Mary LandrieuMary Landrieu oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Republican announces bid for Vitter’s seat MORE (La.) and Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenCarter pledges probe of sex assault testimony Pentagon looks to reduce billion energy bill Senate looks for easy wins amid 2016 gridlock 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 BaucusWyden unveils business tax proposal College endowments under scrutiny The chaotic fight for ObamaCare MORE (D-Mont.) and Mark BegichMark BegichEx-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium Dem ex-lawmakers defend Schumer on Iran 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 Braley10 rising stars in the energy and environment world DC delegate plans to confront GOP lawmaker calling for Washington recession DC delegate slams GOP lawmaker calling for Washington recession MORE (Iowa), Democrats' likely nominee to replace retiring Sen. Tom HarkinTom HarkinDo candidates care about our health or just how much it costs? The Hill's 12:30 Report Mark Mellman: Parsing the primary processes 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 CapitoGOP senator: We're worried about Trump in swing states Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief proposes chain of command reforms Senate GOP bill would halt Gitmo transfers 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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