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Gardner, trying to catch up to Udall, raises $1.2 million in March alone

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U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, waves to supporters as he officially launches his U.S. Senate campaign in late February at a Denver lumber business.

DENVER — Congressman Cory Gardner, after jumping into the U.S. Senate race in late February, couldn’t catch up with Democratic Sen. Mark Udall all at once — but he’s off to a fast start.

Gardner, R-Yuma, raised $1.4 million in the year’s first quarter, $1.2 million of it in March alone.

Combined with what Gardner had in the bank for his congressional campaign committee, the Republican brings his total cash on hand figure to $2.1 million.

“The overwhelming amount of support we have received as we work to bring leadership back to the U.S. Senate speaks volumes to the fact that Coloradans are sick and tired of Senator Udall refusing to listen to them,” Gardner said.

“Our economy is still recovering too slowly, our healthcare system sits in need of serious reform and the possibility of leaving a less prosperous America for our children and grandchildren rises each day.”

Udall, after a $2.1 million first quarter, has $5.9 million in the bank for what’s expected to be one of the country’s closest and most important Senate races.

It’s widely assumed that, however much money the candidates raise on their own, outside groups will spend even more in an effort to swing the election — and possibly control of the Senate itself — in their direction.

Following Gardner’s release, Udall’s campaign informed reporters that it raised $1.4 million in March, slightly more than Gardner.

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