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Senate Fundraising: Early Winners And Losers

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine at a campaign stop in October.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

July 5, 2011
On Friday, state Sen. Jake Corman opted against a run, making him the latest Republican to pass on a chance at taking on Casey. The void comes despite the fact that Casey, while still buoyed by strong poll numbers, is far from a lock to win re-election. Despite the state's heavy Democratic registration, Republicans won two statewide elections in the Keystone State last year - in the gubernatorial and Senate elections. It's also poised to yet again to be a presidential battleground in 2012, and the lack of a compelling GOP Senate nominee atop the ticket could be a major disappointment for national and Pennsylvania Republicans alike. Meanwhile, Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos was unable to come close to sustaining his impressive $2.6 million first-quarter haul, bringing in just $900,000. There is at least a partial explanation for how well Haridopolos did in the first quarter. A Miami Herald analysis of the $2.6 million he raised showed that he received his biggest chunks of money from the special interests who wanted something out of the 60-day legislative session, which ended in early May. Haridopolos campaign manage Tim Baker noted to the St. Petersburg Times that the state Senate President held no fundraising events while the legislature was in session and has been focused mainly on grassroots campaigning since the session. While Haridopolos' second quarter haul was not half-bad, the trend lines aren't encouraging. If he's outraised by former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner or former Sen. George Lemieux this quarter, it doesn't bode well for the state Senate president's primary prospects. In Indiana, Treasurer Richard Mourdock, whose first quarter haul was underwhelming at $157,000, told Hotline On Call in an interview that he had raised an estimated $450,000 - $500,000 since March 1st (Mourdock announced his bid in late February), and had raised between $150,000 and $160,000 during the month of March -- meaning that he raised between $290,000 and $350,000 during the second quarter. "We're pleased, we keep plodding along, we know that the other side will always have more financial resources than we have," Mourdock said. "But this isn't a campaign about money, it's a primary, and it's about organization." Meanwhile, Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., raised $900,000 during the second quarter and finished with $3.5 million in the bank. Lugar has long been considered vulnerable to a conservative challenge next year, but Mourdock may not be getting the traction he needs to take out the veteran lawmaker. Alex Roarty, Jim O'Sullivan, and Julie Sobel contributed to this post
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