Rep. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., announced raising $3 million during the third quarter -- money he badly needs to compete with GOP opponent Linda McMahon's self-funding campaign in the tight Connecticut Senate race.
The campaign has not yet announced their cash on hand heading into the final stretch of the campaign. At the end of the second quarter, he had $3.1 million in the bank, having raised $1.2 million during the period. McMahon has yet to announce her fundraising numbers, but she spent $50 million of her own money for her unsuccessful 2010 bid and will have whatever funds she needs for the next month.
Murphy jabbed at McMahon's personally funded campaign in a statement. "I can't write myself a check for $50 million, but I've got something much better: enthusiastic supporters that no candidate can buy," he said.
Polls show that the race, which Democrats were once expected to win easily, is a dead heat. Murphy and McMahon will meet for their first debate Sunday.