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Posted at 1:53 p.m. on July 15, 2013
Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., raised $158,000 in the second quarter — a relatively small haul for anyone thinking about running for Senate.
Ellmers has said she is still considering a bid to challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in 2014.
But her latest report shows $180,000 in cash on hand as of June 30, which means she would face a steep fundraising disadvantage if she entered the race. Hagan raised just more than $2 million in the second quarter this year with $4.2 million in cash on hand, according to her campaign.
North Carolina Speaker Thom Tillis, currently the GOP front-runner, raised almost $300,000 in the second quarter. He will report $250,000 in cash on hand, according to his campaign.
The Senate race is rated Tossup/Tilt Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.