Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson raised a respectable chunk of change in the third quarter of this year, but he came in second in the race for dollars in his U.S. Senate bid.
Nelson raised $443,000 in July, August and September — less than Republican front-runner Jon Bruning, who raked in $583,000, according to financial reports the campaigns made public this week.
Both candidates, however, far outraised State Treasurer Don Stenberg, who appeared to be struggling to keep his campaign in the green.
Stenberg raised $53,000 in the quarter and ended the period with $18,000 in the bank.
Each quarter, federal candidates are required to file campaign financial reports with the Federal Election Commission.
The reports are eagerly devoured by candidates and their campaigns, as it gives a good indication of which campaigns will have the money to mount an advertising blitz and how much they will have to spend.
Nelson, seen as one of the Senate's most vulnerable Democratic incumbents, is considering running for a third term. He has said he is leaning toward a run, although he has made no final decision.
Meanwhile, five Republicans are running for the GOP nomination in the May 15 primary, including Stenberg, Bruning and State Sen. Deb Fischer.
Although Nelson raised less than Bruning in the third quarter, he still ended the period with a much bigger war chest. He had $3.1 million in the bank, compared with $1.6 million for Bruning.
Fischer, who entered the race this summer, raised $228,000 for the quarter and ended the period with $206,000 in the bank.
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