Great News For Conservative Champ in Competitive Race

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R), narrowly out fundraised her opponent, former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D), in the second filing quarter, campaign election filings show.

Blackburn raised $2.61 million in the second quarter — which spanned from April 1 to June 30 — while Bredesen raised $2.43 million during the same period, according to the Tennessean, which received the filings prior to their public release.

But as the Tennessean noted, Bredesen’s official number is $4.48 million because he loaned his campaign $2.05 million during the filing period. It is the second time he’s infused his campaign with a seven-figure loan. In total, the former governor has loaned his campaign $3.45 million.

In direct donations, which come from individuals and political action committees, Bredesen topped Blackburn, albeit barely. Bredesen secured $2.25 million in direct donations during the second quarter while Blackburn raised $2.24 million in direct donations. When considering only individual contributions, Bredesen raised $2.14 million while Blackburn secured just $1.76 million.

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