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Kaine outraises Allen in pre-primary Senate finance filings

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine has reported raising $1.2 million between April 1 and May 23 in new campaign finance filings.

His likely rival, Republican candidate George Allen, reported raising $742,358 in donations during that period.

While Kaine has his party’s nomination, Allen faces three other Republicans in a June 12 primary.

Kaine reported ending the period with $2.5 million cash on hand, after spending $2.5 million on TV ad time for the fall campaign. Allen ended the period with $2.75 million cash on hand.

Another Republican in the race, Jamie Radtke, reported raising $60,466 and ending the period with $49,150 cash on hand. No report was yet filed on the Federal Election Commission’s website for candidates Del. Bob Marshall and E.W. Jackson. Kaine’s report was not yet online either; his numbers come from his campaign.

In a statement, the Allen campaign said they are “pleased with the growing strength of grassroots support we have seen from every region of Virginia.  There is little doubt Chairman Kaine will continue to be rewarded for his loyalty to President Obama’s agenda.  We are confident we will have the resources necessary to get out our message and continue to build the infrastructure needed to win in Virginia.”

Kaine’s campaign is “encouraged by the strong grassroots enthusiasm for Governor Kaine. It is this generous support and a smart management of resources that has allowed us to make an early investment for the fall,” said communications director Brandi Hoffine in a statement.  “Virginians have enthusiastically received Governor Kaine’s forward-focused, Virginia-based strategies for creating jobs and strengthening our economy, as well as his message and record of working together to find common ground.  We look forward to continuing to contrast Governor Kaine’s optimistic vision for our country’s future with the failed approach offered by the Republicans in this race.”