U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner’s campaign raised $1.2 million in the first month of his race for U.S. Senate, amassing a total of $1.4 million through the end of March 31 this year.
Gardner switched in late February from his 4th Congressional District race to run against Democratic Mark Udall for the U.S. Senate. His campaign has $2.1 million in the bank as of the end of March.
That compares with Udall’s $2 million haul in the first quarter of this year. His campaign has $5.9 million in the bank through the end of March.
Campaign finance filings are due April 15 to the Federal Election Commission. Senate candidates aren’t required to file electronically, so their paper filings are often not available for days after the deadline.
Gardner’s first quarter fundraising is considerably more than the $914,521 combined that previous Colorado GOP Senate candidates raised in 2013. Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck led 2013 fundraising with almost $383,000 followed by state Sen. Owen Hill with almost $360,000.
Buck, Hill and five other candidates dropped out of the Senate race after Gardner announced his entry. In a game of political musical chairs, Buck is now running for Gardner’s 4th CD seat.
State Sen. Randy Baumgardner hasn’t dropped out of the GOP Senate race. He raised $3,314 in 2013, according to the FEC. He and Gardner must snag 30 percent of the delegate vote at Saturday’s state GOP assembly to make the June 24 primary ballot.