Mitch McConnell Narrowly Outraises Alison Lundergan Grimes

Both candidates in the marquee Kentucky Senate race brought in over $2 million in the fourth quarter.

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Julie Sobel
Jan. 31, 2014, 11 a.m.

The Ken­tucky Sen­ate race is shap­ing up to be the top money race in the na­tion.

With­in minutes of each oth­er on Fri­day af­ter­noon, Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell and Demo­crat­ic Sec­ret­ary of State Al­is­on Lun­der­gan Grimes an­nounced their large fourth quarter hauls: $2.2 mil­lion for Mc­Con­nell and $2.1 mil­lion for the Demo­crat run­ning to un­seat him.

Mc­Con­nell, who has been build­ing his warchest for years, has a sub­stan­tial cash on hand ad­vant­age. The minor­ity lead­er is sit­ting on a stag­ger­ing $10.9 mil­lion, while Grimes’s cam­paign says she has “al­most” $3.5 mil­lion. Still, while Grimes can fo­cus on the gen­er­al elec­tion, Mc­Con­nell also a primary chal­lenge to con­tend with. Tea parti­er Matt Bev­in has nowhere near the cash Mc­Con­nell does, but he did raise nearly $900,000 in the fourth quarter — noth­ing to sneeze at — and will have some out­side group help as well.

Only two oth­er sit­ting sen­at­ors hit the $2 mil­lion mark last quarter, and no oth­er chal­lengers did so.