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The Winners and Losers of Third-Quarter Senate Fundraising -- PICTURES

October 17, 2011

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this slideshow misspelled Denny Rehberg's first name.

The late summer months that make up the third quarter are typically slow for fundraising. The extended debate over the debt ceiling this year was a further hindrance. Even in that context, several candidates made statements with either notably big or small hauls. With that in mind, this gallery takes a look at the best and worst third-quarter Senate fundraisers.

(RELATED: Third Quarter Fundraising Winners and Losers)

Elizabeth Warren ($3.15 million) The consumer advocate and Harvard Law professor's enormous fundraising figure was the most impressive of the period, easily outpacing Sen. Scott Brown's quarterly total of $1.55 million. Brown, the incumbent Republican, still has a lot of money in the bank ($10.5 million), but Warren's opening statement signals she'll be right there with him in 2012.(JOSH REYNOLDS/AP)

David Dewhurst ($2.64 million) As if the Texas lieutenant governor's record-breaking haul wasn't enough to confirm his front-runner status among GOP candidates, Dewhurst chipped in $2 million more of his own money and ended the third quarter with more than $4 million in the bank. (JACK PLUNKETT/AP)

Josh Mandel ($1.5 million) The Ohio treasurer outraised Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, for the second straight quarter, bringing in $250,000 more than the incumbent. It's not the $2.3 million that the GOP candidate brought in last quarter, but it's still impressive. Brown finished with $4.2 million in the bank, while Mandel had $3.25 million.(JAY LAPRETE/AP)

 

Tim Kaine ($1.3 million) After a strong fundraising quarter, the former Virginia governor and Democratic National Committee chairman has $2.55 million in the bank. Kaine now has a notable cash-on-hand lead over former Sen. George Allen (R), who has $1.8 million.(STEVE HELBER/AP)

Jon Tester ($1.2 million) The Democratic senator now has $1.3 million more cash on hand than his challenger, Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont. For perspective, Tester was well behind in the money chase at a comparable point in the 2006 cycle, when he defeated GOP incumbent Conrad Burns.(HARRY HAMBURG/AP)

Pete Hoekstra ($1 million) The biggest question for the former GOP congressman after he entered Michigan's Senate race was whether he could raise money. After dialing down expectations, Hoekstra posted an unexpectedly strong figure for the quarter, putting to rest (for now, at least) the chatter about his inability to bring in the dough he needs to compete.(ADAM BIRD/AP)

 

Todd Akin ($285,000) and Sarah Steelman ($96,000) Neither of the GOP challengers to Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., have made much fundraising noise: Akin (pictured), a Republican congressman, brought in $285,000, while former state treasurer Sarah Steelman raised a paltry $96,000.(JEFF ROBERSON/AP)

John Sanchez ($164,000) and Hector Balderas ($250,000) New Mexico Lt. Gov. Sanchez (pictured) ended the quarter with only $250,000 in the bank -- well short of GOP competitor and former Rep. Heather Wilson's nearly $1 million. On the Democratic side, state auditor Hector Balderas raised $400,000 less than Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.(WILLIAM FAULKNER/AP)

George LeMieux ($403,000) and Adam Hasner ($535,000) LeMieux (pictured), the former GOP senator, raised nearly seven figures in the second quarter, but brought in much less this time around. And he's not the only challenger to Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who's had fundraising struggles -- former statehouse Majority Leader Adam Hasner raised $535,000 against Nelson's $1.9 million.(ALAN DIAZ/AP)

 

Richard Mourdock ($438,000) The Indiana treasurer, who is mounting a primary challenge to Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., has been no stranger to fundraising struggles in 2011, and his lackluster pace continued in the third quarter, despite throwing in $100,000 of his own money. Mourdock finished the period with less than 1/10th of what Lugar has on hand.(TOM STRATTMAN/AP)

Dean Heller ($675,000) The Republican senator was nearly doubled up by Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., who brought in $1.2 million in the third quarter. Berkley also leads the cash-on-hand chase by about $400,000.(HARRY HAMBURG/AP)

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