MADISON — Democrat Tammy Baldwin raised more money than her Republican opponent in recent months and had more cash on hand at the beginning of October for the final push in the race for Wisconsin's open U.S. Senate seat.
Baldwin reported Monday that she started October with $3.5 million, while Tommy Thompson said he had nearly $2 million cash on hand. Baldwin said she raised nearly $4.6 million over the three-month period that ended Sept. 30. Thompson said he raised $3.6 million during that time.
Thompson said he's raised $2.2 million since the Aug. 14 primary, while Baldwin said she brought in $3.6 million.
Neither candidate's report was immediately available on the Federal Election Commission website. Both campaigns reported some numbers from the report, but did not provide the paperwork they had to submit.
Both sides said the fundraising put them in a good position for the last weeks of the campaign.
Thompson's spokeswoman Lisa Boothe did not immediately respond to questions about how much of his own money the former governor put into the race.
Previously filed reports with the FEC show Thompson gave his campaign three donations totaling $600,000 in July and August.
The candidates and outside groups are pouring millions of dollars into the race. Most recent polls now show Baldwin with a narrow lead inside the margin of error.
The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks spending by outside groups, said they had put nearly $19 million into the race as of Monday. That is the third most nationwide, behind only the presidential race and the Virginia Senate contest.
Thompson had previously complained about being broke after he won a tightly contested four-way GOP primary in August. Baldwin and her supporters outspent Thompson 3-to-1 in the weeks after the primary, helping her to overcome a deficit in the polls.
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan hosted a fundraiser for Thompson in Milwaukee on Sunday. Thompson's campaign would not say how much was raised. The cost was $250 per couple, and $1,000 for a picture with Ryan. About 300 people attended.