Rep. Cory GardnerCory GardnerMcConnell huddles with GOP rep to discuss possible ND Senate opening GOP senator: Congress will ‘undo the damage’ from Obama Senate GOP to Obama: Stop issuing new rules MORE raised $2.7 million in the second quarter of the year, his campaign announced Thursday.
The large sum comes as no surprise. Gardner raised $1.2 million in the first month of his campaign alone, during the end of the first quarter.
Udall hasn’t announced his second-quarter totals yet, but he started it with $5.9 million cash in the bank, after raising $2 million in the first quarter.
Udall’s receiving help from big-name Democrats to boost his campaign coffers, but that support could also hurt. He received negative press this week after skipping a fundraiser Obama hosted for him in the state because, his office said, he had to remain in Washington for legislative business.
Republicans saw Udall’s decision to skip the fundraiser as evidence of just how toxic Obama is for Democrats in the swing state. Still, the event likely raised a huge sum for the candidate, though it won’t be included in his second-quarter reports, due to be released next week.