Kentucky's two leading candidates for the U.S. Senate are rolling in the money, but in April, both U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes spent more than they raised.
Grimes raised about $709,000 in April, but her campaign spent $722,000.
As reported Thursday — the deadline for filing pre-primary reports with the Federal Election Commission — McConnell raised and spent more than $1 million in April.
The raise-and-burn stretch leading up to the May 20 primary means that both candidates will start the fall campaign in about the same starting position they were at the end of the first fundraising quarter.
McConnell has spent heavily both on his primary against Louisville businessman Matt Bevin and on campaign investments for the fall, but the senator has about $10 million cash on hand.
Grimes, who has proven herself an able fundraiser, has raised nearly $8 million. But despite not having a serious primary challenge, the Democrat has spent more than $3 million so far, leaving her with slightly less than $4.9 million.
Grimes began running her first television ad this week.
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