McConnell sets new fundraising record with $28.6M in bid for sixth term

10/15/2014 06:30 PM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell set a Kentucky fundraising record after netting $3.2 million in the latest quarter, pushing his total to $28.6 million in his re-election against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, his campaign announced Wednesday.

The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported McConnell’s third-quarter fundraising sum.

McConnell’s record-breaking fundraising haul comes after Grimes set a new mark for a quarter, reporting $4.9 million raised between July 1 and Sept. 30.

McConnell’s campaign said the Senate minority leader has more than $5.2 million on hand in the final weeks of the midterm election.

“The interest and enthusiasm for the strong Kentucky leadership of Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate has made it possible to shatter Kentucky fundraising records this cycle,” McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement. “Voters understand that Kentucky is on the verge of setting the agenda for the first time in over seventy years and the excitement is reflected in today’s numbers.”

Although Grimes has collected more campaign cash than McConnell in 2014 with $11.7 million compared to $8.7 million, the five-term Republican incumbent has far outpaced his Democratic opponent, who entered the race last July, in overall fundraising. McConnell’s third-quarter total pads a record he previously broke in 2014’s second quarter.

McConnell holds a cash advantage on Grimes with weeks until the Nov. 4 election, $5.2 million compared to Grimes’ $4.4 million.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135.

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