Money gap narrowing in contentious Senate race

Latest filing has Grimes closing in on McConnell

By Kevin Wheatley, Published:

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has edged closer to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s cash lead, announcing Tuesday more than $4 million collected in the second fundraising quarter.

Grimes’ campaign reported $6.2 million in her coffers, up from $4.9 million as of April 30. McConnell’s campaign announced $3.1 million raised in the second quarter, but his cash on hand dropped from $10.1 million to $9.8 million.

Each camp touted records broken by its respective fundraising efforts as the Nov. 4 election draws closer.

Grimes’ $4 million raised topped the previous record set by McConnell during the 2008 election, when he brought in $3 million in the final quarter. Her campaign, which has raised nearly $11.3 million since entering the race about a year ago, reported nearly 84,000 contributors from all 120 Kentucky counties and every state in the U.S. with a median contribution of $25.

“Kentuckians are coming together to invest in our campaign because they recognize that Alison Lundergan Grimes will bring a new generation of leadership to the U.S. Senate,” Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said in a statement.

“As Mitch McConnell turns to his Washington special interest allies to bankroll his campaign, our grassroots campaign is driven by our supporters in all of Kentucky’s 120 counties.”

McConnell, meanwhile, has bested a fundraising record he set in 2008, when he collected $21.3 million from contributors en route to his fifth term in office. The $3.1 million raised from April 1 through June 30 puts his total at $24.8 million this election cycle.

“Sen. McConnell has broken a Kentucky fundraising record and is well positioned to take a substantial cash advantage and a lead in the polls into this November’s election,” McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement. “The unprecedented support from throughout the Commonwealth and around the country for Sen. McConnell’s strong leadership is increasing every quarter.”

Both campaigns reported fundraising totals Tuesday, the second-quarter deadline for the Federal Election Commission. Those reports were unavailable on the commission’s website at press time.

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