Former Rep. Rob Simmons (R-Conn.) outraised Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) in the third quarter, according to totals reported by their campaigns.

Simmons announced earlier this week that he had raised $970,000 for the quarter, and Dodd just announced $900,000 raised.

Perhaps to soften the bad news, Dodd's campaign announced details of an Oct. 23 fundraiser with President Barack Obama in the same release.

Dodd's inferior quarter comes after his first-quarter report earned jeers for showing just five contributions from residents of Connecticut.

Dodd raised $1 million in the first quarter and $1.2 million in the second quarter. He had $1.8 million on hand at the end of the second quarter, and he didn't update that total in Wednesday's release.

Despite his slight fundraising edge for the quarter, though, Simmons faces a crowded and moneyed primary field, including former WWE CEO Linda McMahon, who has already spent $2 million of her own money on the race, and two other candidates who have put together at least $1 million.

UPDATE: Dodd campaign manager Jay Howser says his boss missed a full month on the fundraising trail because he was recovering from surgery for early-stage prostate cancer. He also notes the lengthy health care bill markup that he says consumed much of Dodd's time.