Republican Senate campaign arm announces record-breaking $173 million haul
Republicans currently hold 50 seats in the Senate, as do Democrats
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) announced on Friday that it had raised $173.4 million to support Republican candidates in the 2022 elections, a higher sum than it has ever raised before at this stage in a midterm cycle.
The GOP Senate campaign arm's annoucnement comes after it raked in $25.6 million in the second quarter of 2022, according to The Hill.
NRSC Chairman Sen. Rick Scott of Florida also announced that the group was purchasing ads in both English and Spanish and had begun running campaign messages earlier than in previous years.
“The NRSC continues to be in full force as we reach the three-and-a-half-month mark, and we will continue working hard to raise money and deliver a Republican majority in the Senate in November,” Scott said, per the outlet.
Republicans hold 50 seats in the Senate, as do Democrats, though Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris may act as a tie-breaking vote, giving her party the majority in the chamber.
The GOP currently maintains a narrow +1.9% polling advantage in the RealClearPolitics generic congressional ballot average over the Democrats.
Among the most hotly contested Senate races are those in Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona, all of which include sizeable Hispanic populations in their electorate. The GOP has witnessed a significant rise in support from that demographic in recent months and began running Spanish-language ads in early July against the incumbent Democratic Senators in those states.