Army veteran Tom Cotton has raised $343,000 in his first quarter of fundraising, according to the Associated Press. Cotton, a Republican candidate for Congress in Arkansas's Fourth Congressional District, more than doubled the haul of his closest rival for the GOP nomination, former Miss Arkansas and Mike Huckabee aide Beth Anne Rankin.

Incumbent Democrat Mike Ross is not seeking reelection, making the seat a top priority for Republicans in 2012.

Read Ken Tomlinson's profile of Cotton, which appeared in the August 8 issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, here.

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