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Van Hollen raises $1.1M in fourth quarter

Van Hollen raises $1.1M in fourth quarter
FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2014, file photo, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., speaks as Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid enthusiastically endorsed Van Hollen Friday, March 6 for the U.S. Senate, an early attempt by a key Democrat to clear the field and avoid a divisive primary campaign to replace Maryland's longtime Democratic incumbent Sen. Barbara Mikulski. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) ORG XMIT: WX112 (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Montgomery County Democrat running in Maryland's competitive Senate primary, will report raising $1.14 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, the campaign said Monday.

Van Hollen is running against Rep. Donna Edwards of Prince George's County for the seat that will be left vacant next year by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. His campaign will report having $3.67 million in the bank at the end of the year.

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Van Hollen, former chairman of the House Democrats' campaign arm, has raised significantly more than Edwards in the race. Edwards, on the other hand, has had help from a super PAC associated with the Emily's List, which this month wrapped up a $1 million advertising campaign for her in the Baltimore media market.

Edwards has not yet said how much she raised in the final three months of 2015.

The most recent public polling in the contest, conducted by Gonzales Research & Marketing, found Van Hollen ahead but within the margin of error, with a quarter of voters undecided.

The campaigns filed their fourth quarter reports with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday at midnight, but Senate incumbents and candidates are permitted to file their reports on paper (and most do). It can take several days for FEC officials to scan those documents in, create summaries and post the information online.

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