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House Democrats' Fundraising Outpaces Republican Counterparts'

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 19, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) | AP

The campaign committee for House Democrats raised $6.3 million in February to beat the $4.9 million raised by the House Republicans' counterpart committee last month.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's (DCCC) haul continued the party's fundraising advantage over the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). In the 2012 election, the DCCC raised $184 million to the NRCC's $155 million.

Democrats were able to count on the small-donor fundraising network they've built over the past few election cycles to drive their advantage over Republicans. In February, the DCCC raised $2.6 million from small donors, while the NRCC raised less than $900,000 from such donors.

While the fundraising edge should benefit Democrats in the 2014 elections, they still face a difficult road to win back the House after redistricting in a number of states severely limited the number of swing districts up for grabs. A Monday Bloomberg article delved into the data and determined redistricting was "a prime reason Democrats fell 17 seats short of winning a House majority in 2012, even as their congressional candidates drew about 1.4 million more votes than Republicans nationwide."

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