McConnell edges Grimes in year-end fundraising

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) narrowly outraised his likely Democratic opponent in the fourth quarter.

Numbers released by the campaigns of McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) on Friday show McConnell raised $2.2 million to Grimes's $2.1 million. Last quarter — Grimes's first as a candidate — she outraised him $2.5 million to $2.3 million.

The GOP leader, who has been raising money for years in preparation for this year's election, maintains a massive advantage in cash on hand, with $10.9 million to Grimes's $3.5 million.

McConnell, though, has to contend first with a primary challenge from businessman Matt Bevin, who has the backing of some tea party groups. Bevin previously announced that he raised $900,000 in the fourth quarter, with a large chunk of that total coming with help from the Senate Conservatives Fund.

In both the primary and the general election, McConnell's race is expected to be one of the most contentious in the country.


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