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A look at the hits and misses from the 3rd fundraising quarter

By Aaron Blake

Money matters massively in politics. And so, the third quarter fundraising reports -- due at the Federal Election Commission by Friday night -- are being pored over to determine who has the big "mo" heading into election day.

As we did last quarter, we posted all the major numbers in one sortable and easy-to-read chart. You can compare candidates in the same race, look at how your candidate ranked nationwide, or just get a sense for how much cash they have in the bank for the stretch run.

Check it out here, and pass it around.

Before you click over though, a few important takeaways:

The Senate

* Of the 20 top races where we have fundraising numbers for both sides, the GOP candidate outraised the Democrat in 17 of those races. The GOP won the battle in all eight states where they currently hold the seat and in nine of 12 states controlled by Democrats.

* Senate GOP candidates outraised Democrats $63.5 million to $37.6 million in those 20 races -- a difference of almost $26 million.

* Senate GOP candidates significantly outraised three endangered Democratic incumbents: Sens. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), Patty Murray (Wash.) and Harry Reid (Nev.).

* The top fundraisers were (in order): Nevada Republican Sharron Angle ($14.3 million), California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer ($6.2 million), California Republican Carly Fiorina ($5.9 million), Florida Republican Marco Rubio ($5 million), Washington Republican Dino Rossi ($4.7 million), Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold ($4.2 million) and Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey and Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell ($3.8 million apiece).

The House

* Republican House challengers outraised 34 Democratic incumbents in top races. That's a new high for this cycle.

* Of the top 10 fundraisers for the quarter, seven were Republicans -- six of whom are challengers. The top two fundraisers were in the same race: Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann ($5.4 million) and her Democratic challenger, Democratic state Sen. Tarryl Clark ($1.8 million). Following those two were four Republican challengers who raised at least $1 million and Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), who raised $1.2 million.

* As Fix colleagues T.W. Farnam and Dan Eggen reported Sunday, the third quarter marked the first time this cycle that GOP House candidates combined to outraise their Democratic opponents. That number is particularly stark, given that Democrats have 79 more incumbents, who generally have a much easier time raising money.

* But Democratic incumbents weren't the only ones getting outraised. Four of the five (or so) most vulnerable Republicans: Reps. Dan Lungren (Calif.), Charles Djou (Hawaii), Charlie Dent (Pa.) and Dave Reichert (Wash.) -- also were outraised by their Democratic challengers.

What did we miss? What are you seeing in the numbers that we haven't discussed here? The comments section awaits...

By Aaron Blake  | October 18, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  House, Senate  
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