Senate GOP hurting for campaign money

The national GOP won't be putting as much money toward U.S. Senate races this year because the party's senators aren't raising enough cash.

Nevada Senator John Ensign (EN'-sin) runs the GOP's campaign arm. He says he recently challenged his colleagues to help provide the resources the candidates need to compete. But he says that call has gone "largely unanswered."

The cutbacks mean the party will be scaling back the total budget for running ad campaigns on behalf of Republican Senate candidates.

The announcement highlights the chances of better-financed Democrats to expand their 51-seat majority in the Senate. They need nine victories to reach a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority.

Ensign had earlier conceded that Republicans will lose two to four seats.

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