Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts reported raising $3.15 million in her first quarter as a candidate. Warren is challenging incumbent Republican senator Scott Brown. The Boston Globe reports:
The figure puts Warren ahead of fellow Democrats seeking the 2012 nomination. She remains behind US Senator Scott Brown, a Republican who had $9.6 million in available cash at the end of June, after raising $1.98 million between April and June 30. He has not yet announced what he raised in July, August, and September. Those reports are due later this month.
Warren’s next closest Democratic rival, Alan Khazei, said on Friday that he raised $365,000 in the most recent fund-raising period. He said he had $750,000 in cash available. Khazei raised $920,000 in April, May, and June, before Warren entered the race.
Warren officially became a candidate Sept. 14, but she began raising money through an exploratory account in August and activists began raising money on her behalf even earlier, as part of an effort to draft her into the race.
Brown maintains a slim lead over Warren in the polls, and the Washington Post reports he raised $1.55 million in the third quarter.