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SCOOP: McConnell-aligned groups set election year fundraising record in battle for Senate majority

exclusive: Two external groups have a long-standing partnership Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell Republicans aim to retake the House majority in the November elections and have reported raising more than $51 million in the past three months.

Senate Leadership Fund is the largest supporter of super PACs senate republican Incumbents and candidates brought in $24.4 million in fundraising in the first quarter of January-March 2024. Associated nonprofit public advocacy group One Nation raised $26.99 million.

Both groups claim the total is the highest fundraising record for the first quarter of an election year. Their numbers were first shared on Fox News Digital on Tuesday.

McConnell, 82, the longest-serving Senate majority leader in U.S. history, announced two months ago that he would step down from leadership after the November election.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks during a presentation at the University of Louisville on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky. Two outside groups working with Mr. McConnell have reported record fundraising. (Fox News)

One Nation raised more than double the amount it raised during the same period of the 2022 election cycle, and the Senate Leadership Fund nearly matched its fundraising amount in the first quarter of 2022.

The Senate Leadership Fund reported $59.5 million in cash on hand as of April 1, and One Nation reported $83 million in its coffers.

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Stephen Roe, president and CEO of the Senate Leadership Fund, told Fox News: “Our donors are excited about the importance of the fight in the Senate this election cycle. “We are working to secure a permanent Republican Senate majority by January 2025,” he said in a statement. .

The Senate Majority PAC, the largest outside group supporting Senate Democrats, has not yet announced first-quarter fundraising figures. A super PAC affiliated with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer outraised the Senate Leadership Fund last year.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.Y.) speaks to reporters at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 in Washington, DC. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats maintain a slim majority of 51 to 49 The chamber includes three independent senators who caucus with the Democratic conference.

That means Republicans will need either a net gain of one or two seats to regain their majority, depending on which party controls the White House after this year’s presidential election.

6 key Senate seats that could change hands in November

mathematics and maps support the republican party The Democratic Party holds 23 of the 34 contested seats. Three of those seats are in red states won by former President Trump in 2020: West Virginia, Montana and Ohio.

Additionally, Democrats are defending a vacant seat in West Virginia after Sen. Joe Manchin announced late last year that he would not seek re-election.

Mr. Manchin walks and points at the Capitol.

Sen. Joe Manchin, Democrat. Virginia’s premier waves to visitors on the Senate steps as he exits the Capitol after the week’s final vote, Thursday, May 4, 2023, in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc, via Getty Images)

The other five seats held by blue are in key battleground states that President Biden narrowly won in 2020: Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

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In the blue state of Maryland, Senate Republicans successfully backed popular former Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

Texas and Florida have sitting senators. Ted Cruz Rick and Scott, who are up for re-election, appear to be the only Republican-held seats that could be contested this November.

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