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Rep. Chris Van Hollen will report raising $1.8M in second quarter for Maryland Senate race

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 18: Ranking committee member Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) speaks during a U.S. House Budget Committee markup on the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for FY 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Top military officials testified on March 17th, warning the committee that the budget cutting measure called 'sequestration' will continue to adversely affect military readiness and put American lives at risk at home and abroad. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 543479593
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 18: Ranking committee member Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) speaks during a U.S. House Budget Committee markup on the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for FY 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Top military officials testified on March 17th, warning the committee that the budget cutting measure called 'sequestration' will continue to adversely affect military readiness and put American lives at risk at home and abroad. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 543479593 (Allison Shelley / Getty Images)

CLEVELAND — Rep. Chris Van Hollen's campaign for Maryland's open Senate seat said Tuesday that it had raised $1.8 million in the second quarter of the year, triple the figure expected to be posted by Republican Del. Kathy Szeliga.

The Montgomery County Democrat, who is competing with Szeliga for the seat that will be left open next year by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, is expected to report having $566,000 in the bank. Szeliga aides said earlier this month that she raised more than $582,000 and had $254,000 on hand.

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"Marylanders know Chris is focused on bringing people together to deliver real results for our state," Van Hollen spokeswoman Bridgett Frey said in a statement. "Chris's work to move Maryland forward stands in stark contrast to Donald Trump and the Republican Party, who offer more of the same divisiveness and dysfunction that has plagued Washington for too long."

Neither campaign's report has posted on the Federal Election Commission website, and so it's impossible to analyze the details under the top-line figures. However, the fact that Van Hollen has only about a third of the money he raised in the bank suggests he spent significantly in the final weeks of the Democratic primary against Rep. Donna F. Edwards.

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Van Hollen had just under $1.8 million on hand at the close of the last reporting period, which fell about three weeks before the April 26 primary.

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