U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow raised nearly $1.5 million during the second three months of the year and had $4 million in the bank for her 2012 re-election bid, according to a campaign finance report her campaign is filing with the Federal Elections Commission.
The Associated Press on Tuesday obtained a copy of the Michigan Democrat's July quarterly report, which is due to the FEC by Friday.
In it, the Stabenow for U.S. Senate committee reports the 61-year-old chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee raised $1.46 million in the April 1-June 30 period and had $4.08 million on hand in her run for a third term.
Stabenow first was elected in 2000 and won a second term in 2006 by a comfortable margin.
She was expected to face a tougher challenge in 2012 with President Barack Obama up for re-election and two years after state Democrats suffered deep losses, a result that emboldened Republicans to believe they would unseat Stabenow.
But no high-profile candidate has emerged.
Former Kent County Probate Judge Randy Hekman and Roscommon businessman Peter Konetchy are in the race on the GOP side, but bigger names such as former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Holland, ex-Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and one-time Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis have decided against challenging Stabenow.
And another potential Republican candidate, U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Livonia, bypassed the Senate race and instead is running for president.
Stabenow raised $1.2 million in the period that ran from Jan. 1 to March 31 and had $3 million on hand at the end of that first reporting period. By comparison, Hekman had $28,000 on hand through the end of March and Konetchy had $1,700.
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