Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren outraises US Sen. Scott Brown in third quarter
BOSTON — The candidates in Massachusetts’ hotly-contested U.S. Senate race raised campaign cash at a torrid pace in the third quarter, with Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren reporting more than $12 million in donations while incumbent Republican Scott Brown pulled in nearly $7.5 million.
On Monday, Brown and Warren released their latest fundraising totals, although a full breakdown of the July-September donations were not yet available.
Warren’s campaign has now raised a total of more than $35 million to date, while Brown’s campaign has topped $24 million. The race has been one of the most expensive in the nation, and qualified as the most expensive political campaign in Massachusetts history even before the latest figures.
Warren, a Harvard Law School professor, raised $12.1 million in the latest quarter, and $7 million in September alone, making it her single strongest month so far, the campaign said in a statement.
More than 80 percent of the donations were for $50 or less, and more than half were for $25 of less during the most recent quarter, the campaign said. Some 53,000 Massachusetts residents have donated to Warren so far, it said.
“Tens of thousands of people across Massachusetts have joined this campaign because they know that Elizabeth will fight for them in the U.S. Senate,” said Michael Pratt, the campaign’s finance director, in a statement.
While outraised by Warren, Brown’s campaign said its $7.45 million third quarter total was its best to date and that nearly 60 percent of its donors from July to September were from Massachusetts.
The Republican also reported having $10.2 million in his coffers entering the campaign’s crucial home stretch.
“As we head into the final weeks of the campaign, Scott Brown’s message of being an independent fighter for Massachusetts jobs is clearly resonating with voters,” said Brown finance director John Cook.
Warren’s campaign did not immediately disclose how much cash it had on hand at the end of the period.
The two candidates have met in three debates so far with a fourth and final meeting scheduled for next week in Boston.
Polls continue to show a tight race between Brown, who won a January 2010 special election to succeed the late Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, and Warren, who helped to create federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington.