Udall raises $1.1 million in 4th quarter, nears $5 million mark

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, faces reelection in November.

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, faces reelection in November.

DENVER — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall raised $1.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, his campaign told FOX31 Denver Tuesday.

That brings the senator’s cash on hand total to $4.7 million.

An official report will be filed later this month.

Udall, who faces reelection in the fall, has been among the top 10 fundraisers in the Senate to date.

His race is not ranked among the top 10 most competitive battles this fall, when Democrats will have to defend a number of seats in red states that they won back in 2008 thanks to the Obama wave.

But there’s speculation Udall may be more vulnerable than many expected, especially given revelations this week that his office may have pressured the Colorado Dept. of Insurance to revise its estimated number of people who lost their insurance plan as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

That said, Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar told lawmakers Monday that the inquiries from Udall’s office weren’t out of the ordinary or meant to intimidate her staff.

Several Republicans are vying for the GOP’s U.S. Senate nomination, including Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, state Sens. Owen Hill and Randy Baumgardner, and state Rep. Amy Stephens.