Baldwin raised $2.4 million in third quarter

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, raised $2.4 million in the third quarter, pushing her overall haul for first nine months of 2017 to $7.1 million, her campaign said today.

Baldwin also finished September with $5.3 million in the bank, giving her a significant early financial edge against both of her announced GOP opponents.

Former Marine and business consultant Kevin Nicholson raised more than $400,000 over the first two months after officially declaring for the U.S. Senate race, his campaign said this week. State Sen. Leah Vukmir announced earlier this month she raised nearly $250,000 during the first three weeks after she got into the contest. Neither Republican said how much cash on hand they planned to report.

Baldwin’s fundraising pace also puts her ahead of the nearly $6.3 million U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, raised in all of 2015 as he prepared for his re-election battle against Dem Russ Feingold. Johnson finished that year with almost $4.4 million in the bank, while Feingold had $4.8 million cash on hand.

Baldwin’s campaign said she had 25,695 individual donors during the three-month period with an average contribution of $54.95.

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