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Republican Deb Fischer is picking up steam in the cash department. For the first time in the campaign, Fischer outraised Democrat Bob Kerrey in a three-month period.
In fact, Fischer enjoyed the best fundraising quarter of her entire campaign this summer, hauling in $2.4 million over a three-month period that ended Sept. 30, according to financial reports released Sunday by her campaign.
In contrast, Kerrey raised nearly $1.7 million.
Overall, both candidates have raised nearly the same amount of money throughout their campaigns, with Kerrey enjoying a slight financial edge. Fischer has raised a total of $4.1 million, while Kerrey has raised a total of $4.5 million.
Federal financial reports are due today for the third quarter, but both campaigns released summary reports of their financial records Sunday.
Aaron Trost, Fischer's campaign manager, said the numbers showed that Fischer was gaining momentum, as more and more people learned about her candidacy.
“People are responding to the strong message of Senator Fischer,” said Trost.
The Kerrey camp noted that they had still outraised Fischer in total, despite a late start in the campaign.
Kerrey entered the race in March, while Fischer filed in the summer of 2011.
“Fundraising throughout this campaign has been solid, showing we have the resources in place for a successful campaign,” said Paul Johnson, Kerrey's campaign manager.
One sign of Fischer's financial strength may be a bottom-line number in the reports. Fischer has a much larger war chest as the campaign enter the homestretch.
Election Day is three weeks from Tuesday.
She ended the quarter with about $1.3 million in the bank; Kerrey had about $800,000.
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