SALEM, Ore. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley’s re-election campaign says the Oregon Democrat raised $1.2 million during the latest fundraising period.
The campaign says the report will be filed soon with the Federal Election Commission. It brings Merkley’s total second-quarter fundraising to $1.8 million when combined with money raised in April, which was reported before the May 20 primary.
Merkley’s campaign reports having $3.5 million in the bank with no debt.
He faces Republican Monica Wehby in November. Merkley is the favorite in a strongly Democratic state, but he has been fighting aggressively to hold onto the seat for a second term. For the past month, his campaign has been running ads seeking to tie Wehby to national Republicans.
Wehby’s second-quarter fundraising totals have not yet been made public. Her campaign has struggled with critical news stories since she won the Republican primary in May, and she’s focused heavily on raising money.