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Roberts, Jenkins see big fundraising support in re-election bids

Roberts, Jenkins see big fundraising support in re-election bids

By Associated Press. CREATED Oct 15, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A report from Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts' re-election campaign shows it had more than $1.8 million in cash on hand at the end of September.

The figure was disclosed by the Republican incumbent ahead of Tuesday's reporting deadline. Campaign co-chairman Dave Murfin said it signals that Roberts has strong support throughout Kansas.

The report shows nearly $522,000 in contributions to Roberts from July through September, including nearly $258,000 from political action committees.

Lenexa radiologist Milton Wolf is challenging Roberts in next year's Republican Senate primary. Wolf has become known in conservative and tea party circles for his vocal criticism of the federal health overhaul, and he launched his campaign last week.

Wolf's spokesman did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

Republican congresswoman Lynn Jenkins has a big fundraising lead over her Democratic challenger in the 2nd Congressional District.

Jenkins' re-election campaign said Tuesday it ended September with more than $1.4 million in cash on hand after receiving nearly $258,000 in contributions during the previous three months.

Democrat Margie Wakefield's campaign said it received almost $110,000 in contributions during the same period and ended September with almost $96,000 in cash on hand.

Her campaign manager, Mark Sump, said Wakefield is pleased with the numbers and believes people are contributing because they're frustrated with the budget stalemate in Washington.

Jenkins is part of the House GOP leadership team.