GOP Senate hopefuls Buck, Hill post similar fundraising totals in third quarter

Colorado GOP U.S. Senate candidates Ken Buck and Owen Hill.

Colorado GOP U.S. Senate candidates Ken Buck and Owen Hill.

DENVER — Ken Buck, one of four Republicans vying to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall next year, raised about $228,000 in the seven weeks between his campaign announcement and the end of the year’s third fundraising quarter.

Combined with the money he already had in the bank, Buck ended the quarter with a total of $300,282; his campaign reports having $246,554 cash on hand.

Buck, the Weld County District Attorney and the GOP’s U.S. Senate nominee in 2010, was the first Republican candidate for statewide office in 2014 to publicly release his fundraising totals on Tuesday, the deadline for filing quarterly financial reports.

Buck’s contributions come from 1,400 individual donors, according to campaign manager Walt Klein.

State Sen. Owen Hill, who entered the race in early July at the start of the quarter, reported Tuesday afternoon that his campaign raised $250,411 between the campaign launch and the end of September.

That brings Hill’s cash on hand total to roughly $190,000, according to the campaign.

State Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, has yet to release their third quarter reports.

State Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument, just officially launched her campaign for Senate last weekend.

All of the would-be challengers have a tall task: winning the primary and then making the general election match-up with Udall competitive enough that outside groups and the National Republican Senatorial Committee see a reason to spend money on the race.

Udall, whose reelection bid is not listed among the top ten most competitive of 2014’s Senate races, reported Monday that his campaign raised $1.1 million in the third quarter, bringing his cash on hand total above $4 million.

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