UPDATE: Grimes, McConnell, Break State Fundraising Records

By Associated Press | 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's two U.S. Senate candidates shattered state fundraising records over the past three months, bringing in a combined haul of more than $7 million.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes got the most money, raising more than $4 million compared with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's $3.1 million. But Grimes still trails McConnell in total cash. McConnell has $9.8 million in the bank compared with Grimes' $6.2 million.

McConnell has raised more than $25 million this election cycle. Grimes - who announced her campaign last year - has raised a total of $11.2 million.

The previous Kentucky Senate record for most money raised in one quarter was the $2.9 million McConnell raised in 2008, according to data from the Federal Election Commission's website.

The election is Nov. 4.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says she raised more than $4 million during the last three months.

The Kentucky secretary of state now has more than $6.2 million in cash available to spend as she tries to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The $4 million haul is significantly more than the $2.7 million Grimes raised during the first three months of the year. Her fundraisers included an event in Washington with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and an event in Kentucky with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

In a news release, the Grimes campaign highlighted the more than 100,000 contributions of $50 or less they say is a result of the campaign's focus on middle class families.

McConnell has not released his fundraising numbers yet.

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