Fundraising wrap-up: House challengers slow but steady

First-quarter fundraising numbers continued to roll out on Wednesday, and while there were few eye-popping figures, a number of Democratic House candidates showed steady progress towards having the money needed to win open seats or take out GOP incumbents. A few House Republican challengers also posted strong numbers.

SENATE:

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) raised $1.6 million, bringing his total cash on hand to an impressive $9.5 million. He's considered the favorite over Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), who has a lot of catching up to do on fundraising.

Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) raised nearly $860,000 and has more than $3 million in the bank — a mediocre number for a sitting congressman from a wealthy state with an expensive media market. He's the front-runner in the Democratic primary against former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D) in the Democratic-leaning state.

Michigan businessman and conservative activist Clark Durant (R) raised $560,000 for his uphill Senate primary against former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.). He has $1.5 million, plenty to give Hoekstra headaches in the race.

HOUSE:

Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) raised $300,000 and has $660,000 in the bank for her attempt to return to Congress. She's running in a redrawn toss-up northeastern Arizona district, and has gotten off to a strong start in this race.

Former Michigan state Rep. Gary McDowell (D) raised $270,000 and has $500,000 in the bank for his rematch against freshman Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) in a conservative-leaning northern Michigan district. Air time is cheap up there and it's not a wealthy district, making the haul a strong one.

Democrat Ami Bera raised $370,000 and has $1.1 million to take on Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.). Bera outraised Lungren and lost narrowly in 2010, and is off to a strong fundraising start this year.

Democrat John Oceguera raised $370,000 and has $470,000 cash on hand for his run against Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) in a toss-up district outside Las Vegas.

Republican Ricky Gill raised more than $300,000 and didn't release his cash on hand in his race against Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) in the slightly Democratic-leaning district, a good number for the challenger.

Former Florida state Rep. Adam Hasner (R) raised $330,000 in his race against former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel (D) in a new Democratic-leaning district. He did not release his cash on hand number, although he'd recently dropped from the Senate to the House race after struggling to raise funds. Frankel has a hefty $1.8 million in the bank.

Democrat Pete Gallego raised $300,000 in his first fundraising quarter and has nearly that much in the bank. He's running against former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Texas) for the chance to take on Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco (R-Texas) in the Democratic-leaning district. Rodriguez only raised about $100,000, while Canseco raised about $390,000 and will have more than $800,000 cash on hand.

Colorado businessman Joe Coors raised a strong $450,000 in his uphill battle against Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) in a Democratic-leaning district outside of Denver.

Washington businessman Denny Heck raised $400,000 and has $930,000 in the bank for his second run for Congress in a new Democratic-leaning district in Olympia.

—This post was updated at 7:19 p.m.