Kudos to Sen. Chuck Schumer, whose Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) continues to kick the pants out of its Republican counterpart. For the month of July, the DSCC raked in $4.2 million for a total of $77.2 million for the 2006 campaign cycle, compared with the NRSC's $3.3 million July take and $65.9 million '06 total. The DSCC also reported $35.1 million cash on hand, 70% more than the NRSC's $20.6 million.
Needing just six seats to regain control of the Senate, the Democrats are feeling confident that their fundraising successes are a foreshadowing of victory in November. "Democrats are winning the fundraising race because Americans understand that we have the ideas to move the country in a new direction," Schumer said. "People who are sick of the status quo and want change are looking to the Democrats."
In addition to having a desirable candidates with a resonating message, the Democratic Party knows it cannot take back the Senate without a massive war chest. "We’ve run the DSCC like a business and marshaled our resources to ensure that we are able get our message out to the voters," Schumer said.
With just 78 days before the November 7th midterms, Democrats are canvassing the country this Summer aggressively promoting the party's "New Direction" agenda with six central goals as its cornerstone: Strengthening national security, improving jobs and wages, energy independence and lower gas prices, affordable health care and life-saving science, retirement security and college access for all. The party believes these are the issues of most concern to average Americans, who, according to recent polls by both Rasmussen and Fox News, overwhelmingly now prefer Democrats by an 18-point margin.
The Dems seek victory in several hotly contested races in battleground states including Ohio, Missouri, Rhode Island, Montana and Pennsylvania, where their candidates--Sherrod Brown, Claire McCaskill, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jon Tester, Bob Casey Jr. and Harold Ford Jr. respectively--all lead in the polls.