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IN THE NEWS: Joe Donnelly’s record fundraising quarter blows away Hoosier competition

Joe Donnelly’s best-ever fundraising quarter puts him in the strongest position yet for the general election, even as Indiana’s Republican Senate candidates continue to drag each other down.

Joe raised $1.63 million in the first three months of the year, giving him nearly $6.4 million on hand heading into the spring. He continues to set a strong pace by many metrics, whether in his total raised, his grassroots contributions, or his cash on hand – a number that will only grow while his prospective opponents spend down in their nasty and expensive primary.

HEADLINE: Indy Star: Donnelly has his best fundraising quarter ever while Republicans fight among themselves

HEADLINE: Evansville Courier & Press: Record-setting: Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly pulls in his highest fundraising quarter ever

HEADLINE: Lafayette Journal & Courier: Donnelly has his best fundraising quarter ever

Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is coming off the best fundraising quarter of his political career, while the three Republicans vying for the chance to knock him off this fall are still locked in a hotly contested primary bid.

Donnelly raised $1.63 million in the first three months of the year and had $6.4 million in the bank at the end of March, his campaign announced Sunday.

His previous highest haul of $1.55 million was set in the third quarter of the 2012 election, right before he defeated Republican Richard Mourdock after spending nearly $5.6 million.

Donnelly last year significantly outraised all three Republicans in total dollars, as well as in the small dollar contributions that can indicate grassroots enthusiasm. Donnelly collected $642,767 from people who gave less than $201. Rokita raised $55,090 from small dollar contributors. Messer raised $36,491. Braun raised $8,043.

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U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly reported raising $1.63 million in the first quarter and had $6.4 million cash on hand. He’ll need every penny of it if the Koch Brothers follow through on their $400 million “investment,” though the Washington Post reported over the weekend that Charles and David Koch are not happy with President Trump’s tariffs, his Dreamer bait and switch, and the exploding federal deficits. The Senate race will really take definition when Republicans Luke Messer and Todd Rokita report their first quarter hauls. If those results are as tepid as they were in the fourth quarter of 2017, that gives a real opening to the self-funding Mike Braun, who already holds a large gross rating point edge in TV advertising so far this cycle.

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