No one is happier than The Cook Political Report that Senate incumbents and challengers are now required to file their reports to the Federal Election Commission electronically. While future interns will no longer get to experience the joys of trekking to the Secretary of the Senate’s office to copy summary pages, the process of producing the quarterly FEC chart has become considerably less painful and time consuming, allowing us to get the data to subscribers in much less time than it has taken in the past. The 3rd quarter was notable for Democrats ability to outraise Republicans. There were some exceptions. In the special election in Mississippi, GOP U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith outraised both Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel and former Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Espy. In West Virginia, Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey edged out Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin by just under $321,000, but Manchin has outraised his challenger by nearly two to one, and finished the quarter with considerably more in the bank. The other exceptions were the self-funders. As of September 30, Florida Republican Gov. Rick
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