Elections

McConnell raises $3.2 million in third quarter, leads Grimes in cash on hand

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign raised $3.2 million in the third fundraising quarter, bringing the total he has raised for his re-election effort to $28.6 million.

Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes easily bested McConnell's figure, announcing Tuesday that her campaign raised $4.9 million, but the senator continues to enjoy a cash advantage as the two candidates head down the stretch.

McConnell's campaign said it had $5.2 million in cash on hand.

Grimes' campaign said Tuesday it had $4.4 million in cash.

McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore said "the interest and enthusiasm for the strong Kentucky leadership of Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate has made it possible to shatter Kentucky fundraising records this cycle."

"Voters understand that Kentucky is on the verge of setting the agenda for the first time in over 70 years, and the excitement is reflected in today's numbers," Moore said.

McConnell broke the previous Kentucky record for money raised by posting a total of about $25 million at the end of the second quarter and eclipsing the $20 million he raised during his 2008 re-election campaign.

Grimes has raised a total of about $16 million.

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