The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $6.8 million in January, outpacing the National Republican Congressional Committee, which  brought in $6.1 million.

The DCCC ended the month with $32 million in the bank and no debt. That's money it will need as it faces an uphill climb in the midterm elections. Democrats need to pick up 17 seats to win the majority -- a goal that looked difficult a year ago and now looks all but impossible against the backdrop of an unpopular health-care law and Democratic president.

The DCCC's $6.8 million haul was better than either Senate campaign committee did last month.

The NRCC ended January with $24 million in the bank and no debt.

The Republican National Committee raised about $8 million in January and has about $10 million on hand. It is debt-free. The Democratic National Committee has not released its numbers yet.

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