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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Democratic Senate candidates are reporting record-setting fundraising numbers for the third quarter, a sign of a potential blowout loss for Senate Republicans this November.

Why it matters: Democrats need just four seats in order to win back the Senate. Of the 12 incumbent Republicans believed to be facing competitive challenges, the Cook Political Report has rated seven as "toss ups" and two as "lean Democratic." One Democratic Senate seat, held by Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), is rated "lean Republican."

By the numbers (with race rating):

  • Jaime Harrison (D-S.C.): $57 million (toss up)
  • Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.): $38.7 million (lean D)
  • Amy McGrath (D-Ky.): $36.8 million (likely R)
  • Theresa Greenfield (D-Iowa): $28.7 million (toss up)
  • Cal Cunningham (D-N.C.): $28.3 million (toss up)
  • Gov. Steve Bullock (D-Mt.): $26.8 million (toss up)
  • Former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.): $22.6 million (lean D)
  • Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.): $21.3 million (toss up)
  • Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.): $14 million (lean D)
  • MJ Hegar (D-Texas): $13.5 million (lean R)
  • Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.): $12.8 million (toss up)

The other side: The highest Q3 figures reported by Republicans thus far include Graham with $28 million and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) with $15.6 million.

This story will be updated as more fundraising figures are reported.

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Capitol assault only one reason Trump impeached

A television in the White House briefing room shows the near-final impeachment vote against President Trump. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump didn't earn his historic second impeachment just by inciting a riot on a single day. He laid its foundation event by event during the two months preceding it.

Why it matters: Uneasiness built to rage among some Republicans as the president challenged the election results, blocked important legislative accomplishments and cost the party its hold on the Senate.

Scoop: Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy

CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

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