Stabenow Outpaces Rivals in Political Fundraising

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Republican U.S. Senate candidates Pete Hoekstra and Clark Durant finished their first-quarter fundraising with about the same amount of cash on hand, but both are far behind Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow.

Hoekstra reported Tuesday raising $695,000 and spending $677,000. He has $154,000 on hand.

Durant reported raising $558,000 and spending $234,000, leaving $151,000 on hand.

Stabenow raised more than $1.5 million from January through March and has about $7 million on hand.

Hoekstra ran a Super Bowl ad during the quarter that some groups found racially insensitive. Stabenow saw her contributions rise after the ad ran. It's unclear if the ad hurt Hoekstra's fundraising, although he raised about $285,000 less money than he did in the last quarter of 2011.

Republican Randy Hekman reported he had about $7,000 on hand. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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