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In Tight Races, Democrats Have Financial Edge, Report Says

President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign fundraiser for Missouri Senate hopeful Robin Carnahan, July 8, 2010, in Kansas City, Mo. AP

In this year of unprecedented campaign spending, which party has the advantage? It depends on which numbers you're crunching. A new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) is just out. It finds that heading into the final weeks of the midterms "Democrats -- not Republicans -- maintained a financial edge in the most competitive House races across the country."

Newly-filed third quarter figures show significant surges in funds for some Republican candidates. However, looking at the entire election cycle and the races considered to be the "most competitive," CRP finds Democratic candidates have raised an average of 47 percent more than their Republican counterparts.

Democratic candidates haven't only raised more money, they've also spent lots more too, according to the CRP analysis: 66 percent more on average than their Republican opponents. And Democrats ended the third quarter with more left to spend than their Republican opponents in competitive races.


Democratic candidates 47% more than their Republican opponents


Democratic candidates 66% more than their Republican opponents

MONEY STILL IN THE BANK: Competitive Races

Democratic candidates 53 % more than their Republican opponents

Source: Center for Responsive Politics

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Sharyl Attkisson is a CBS News Investigative Correspondent based in Washington. You can read more of her posts in Hotsheet here.
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