Sen. Hatch raises $1.3M in second quarter

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) raised $1.3 million in the second quarter ahead of a bumpy primary and general-election cycle.

Hatch's campaign reported having $3.4 million cash on hand at the end of June, a sum meant to carry him through a potentially bruising primary battle against Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

Hatch has been aggressive in raising money and courting conservatives ahead of the battle against Chaffetz, who hasn't reported his quarterly fundraising figures as of yet. The congressman said earlier today that he's "very much leaning" toward challenging Hatch.

The sum is a respectable haul for Hatch, a veteran Republican senator. But his numbers will be ultimately measured against Chaffetz, as well as Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), who's mulling his own general election challenge to Hatch — or, as the case may be, Chaffetz.

Matheson also has yet to release his quarterly numbers.