Corker Hits $12.5 Million in Fundraising; Top Democrat at $6,200

Sen. Bob Corker’s campaign is all dressed up with nowhere to go. The Tennessee Republican had raised $12.5 million to fund his re-election bid by the end of March, reports The Tennessean.
Only one other senator running for re-election this year raised more, according to a Tennessean Washington Bureau analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
So far, at least, Corker doesn’t have much of a race to spend it on. Other top-grossing senators have clear reasons to aggressively raise money. Some, such as Democratic Sens. Robert Menendez of New Jersey — who has outraised Corker by $1.1 million — or Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, live in states with expensive media markets.
Others, such as Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio or Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, are preparing for tough re-election challenges.
Running a campaign in Tennessee, however, is relatively inexpensive, and Corker has no viable competitors. His nearest challenger, Republican Brenda Shivon Lenard, had brought in just $58,346 by the end of March. His closest Democratic competitor, Larry Crim, had raised $6,200.

(Note: Corker put $3 million of his own money into his 2006 campaign, which he narrowly won over Democrat Harold Ford Jr. after a combative Republican primary. His total spending in that race was about $11 million.)

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