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McCaskill Posts Huge Fundraising Haul

October 3, 2012

Updated at 2:44 p.m.

With tons of national attention on her race in the wake of GOP nominee's Todd Akin's comments on "legitimate" rape, Sen Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., raised a whopping $5.8 million in the third quarter.

McCaskill tweeted the fundraising numbers out Wednesday afternoon.

McCaskill more than doubled her impressive second quarter, when she raised $2.6 million and finished with $3.6 million on hand -- having already reserved $3 million in air time.

No word yet from Akin on his third quarter haul -- but with Crossroads and the National Republican Senatorial Committee still staying away from the race, he'll need a strong quarter to compete on the airwaves.

Akin, who is in Washington for at least three fundraising events this week, continues to pull in funds at a far lower level, despite help from the Senate Conservatives Fund and other conservative groups. A Capitol Hill luncheon for Akin Wednesday appeared to include just a handful of donors -- one said perhaps a dozen were there. GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma were listed as honorary co-chairs of the luncheon, but none attended.

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