Grimes raised $2.7 million in first 3 months of 2014; still trails McConnell money by 2-to-1

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By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Alison Lundergan Grimes raised more money than Mitch McConnell in the past three months, but the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate still trails the Senate Republican leader by a 2-to-1 margin in available funds.

Grimes' campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said the campaign raised $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2014. McConnell's campaign reported Tuesday it raised $2.4 million in the first quarter.

But for Grimes, Tuesday's fundraising totals were more about closing the gap between her and a five-term incumbent seeking to take control of the Senate. McConnell's campaign finished March with about $500,000 less than it had to spend in January. But Grimes campaign added $1.5 million to the bank, giving her close to $5 million available to spend compared to McConnell's $10.4 million.

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