Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis will report he raised more than $1.6 million in the second quarter of this year and has $1.5 million cash on hand.
Tillis falls far short of the haul for his Democratic opponent, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, whose campaign reported on Thursday that she took in $3.6 million for the quarter and has $8.5 million on hand.
All candidates must report their campaign finance numbers to the Federal Election Commission by Tuesday. Details about the sources of his contributions and how his campaign is spending its money won’t be available until after the FEC makes them public.
North Carolina is one of a handful of competitive Senate races that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the next two years, and pundits have expected it to be one of the most expensive races in the country.
The lower numbers for Tillis could reflect time spent fighting for the Republican nomination in the May primary, which would have taken time away from fundraising early in the quarter, and his responsibilities in Raleigh as House speaker during the current legislative session.
The session is lasting longer than many Republicans had originally anticipated because the House and Senate can not agree on a budget.
Tillis, who lives in Huntersville, has missed a few days of this session for fundraising but was present for budget negotiation sessions this week.
Tillis raised $1.3 million in the first quarter, when he was still running against a group of Republican candidates for the chance to run against Hagan.
“Thom’s strongest fundraising quarter yet shows that North Carolinians want a proven problem solver to clean up the mess in Washington created by Kay Hagan and Barack Obama over the last six years,” said Jordan Shaw, Tillis’ campaign manager.