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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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Jan 22, 2021 - Economy & Business

Biden inauguration TV ratings top Trump's

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President Biden's swearing in and inaugural address drew nearly 40 million viewers, beating Trump's 38.35 million viewers in 2017, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen.

Details: CNN led the main cable and broadcast networks, followed by ABC, MSNBC, NBC and CBS. Fox News, which led ratings during almost every major presidential event in 2020, finished last.

By the numbers: Catholics, Biden and abortion

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President Biden — the second Catholic U.S. president — will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, as some church leaders debate whether to deny Holy Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

By the numbers: Overall, two in three U.S. Catholics believe Biden should be allowed to take Communion despite his stance on abortion, according to polling by Pew Research Center.

Texas House probes school library books dealing with race and sexuality

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Texas state Rep. Matt Krause, chair of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, announced Wednesday that he's initiating a probe into schools' library books, according to a letter sent to the state's education agency and other superintendents.

Why it matters: The probe focuses on books that discuss race, sexuality or "make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex," Krause wrote in the letter.