In New Hampshire's 2nd District, Democratic challenger Ann McClane Kuster outraised Rep. Charlie Bass by about $83,000 and had $1,031,568 cash on hand compared to Bass' $790,416.
Elsewhere, Democrats have work to do to level the GOP's cash advantage.
In Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, for example, Democrats have high hopes for challenger Tarryl Clark, a former state lawmaker running against Rep. Chip Cravaack. Clark raised about $75,000 more in the quarter. But Cravaack still had more than $628,000 on hand compared to about $418,000 for Clark.
The gap is even more pronounced in other races: In New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, Democrat Shelley Adler took in $310,927 compared to $295,824 for GOP Rep. Jon Runyan. But Runyan had $735,220 cash on hand compared to $290,674 for Adler.
Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College and a former House staffer, said fundraising usually is a good indicator of which races are competitive. On that score, he said, Democrats are doing well because more races are becoming competitive.
"It's a clear indicator that a candidate should be taken seriously. It doesn't necessarily mean that the incumbent will be outspent come November, but it does indicate there's a real race under way," he said.
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