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Senate Fundraising Winners and Losers

Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey: In many respects Kerrey has had a rough quarter and polling shows him lagging badly behind his Republican opponent, state Sen. Deb Fischer. It's a tough environment to raise money in, with the race increasingly looking like a longshot for Democrats. But the former senator managed a surprisingly strong quarter, raising close to $2 million while Fischer brought in $1.3 million. Kerrey still has a very tough road ahead, but he's certainly fighting to stay in the game, financially. The New Mexico Field: Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich nearly tripled his first quarter output, jumping up from $490,000 to a hefty $1.4 million during the second quarter and banking $1.8 million. Not to be outdone, former Republican Rep. Heather Wilson topped Heinrich's mark, hauling in $1.6 million and ending the quarter with comparable money ($1.6 million) to Heinrich in the bank. Republicans take the idea of a pickup here very seriously even though the state tilts Democratic. Wilson's performance so far has only increased their optimism. Losers Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson: Up against a self-funding millionaire and a candidate backed by the Club For Growth, Thompon needed to silence critics with a big number. He didn't do it, raising just $834,000. For a former four-term governor and cabinet secretary who worked on the lobbying circuit to not even crack a million dollars is difficult to explain. Polls show Thompson with an early lead in the GOP race, but he's not helping his cause by putting up another weak number. Former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman: Steelman had her best quarter yet, bringing in $240,000 and ending June with $561,000 cash on hand. But that's not saying much. Steelman's fundraising has been consistently weak since she entered the race. She is fighting her way through a tight three-way GOP primary contest, and on August 7 she could conceivably emerge a winner. If that happens, she'll likely have little money on hand for the tough fall battle with Sen. Claire McCaskill. Yes, outside groups are helping to pummel McCaskill, and the eventual GOP nominee will get financial support in the general election. But in a GOP race that is very much up in the air, Steelman could fall short simply because she lacks the money to compete. Major-party nominees in Maine: Independent Angus King simply dominated the GOP and Democratic candidates for Senate from Maine. Due to pre-primary reports, the candidates' most recent report covered May 24 - June 30. King took in $468,000 and finished the period with over $503,000 cash on hand. Republican nominee Charlie Summers raised just $149,000 and has $119,000 on hand. Democratic nominee Cynthia Dill raised a paltry $66,000, and has about $28,000 cash on hand. King is in complete control of this race; the second quarter FEC numbers only further reinforced this fact. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla.: Mack brought in $840,000 and ended the period with $1.35 million on hand. That's far below Sen. Bill Nelson's massive $11 million cash on hand total. Mack has been polling well in a potential general election contest with Nelson, and should have been able to pull out a better quarter. He will have plenty of supplementary support in the general election-- American Crossroads has reserved $6.2 million in fall airtime and he has a super PAC supporting him - but to be below the $1 million mark in a very expensive state when you are polling within single digits of an incumbent is a sign of weakness. The Connecticut Underdogs: If former Republican Rep. Chris Shays and former Democratic Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz plan to make their opponents sweat in the primary, they sure aren't doing it with dollar signs. Shays, up against the wealthy Linda McMahon, raised $531,000 and will not even be running TV ads. Bysiewicz's $355,000 haul was far less than Rep. Chris Murphy's healthy $1.2 million and her less than a million in the bank is under one third of the $3.1 million Murphy banked.

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