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NASHVILLE - Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn announced today she raised $2 million during the fourth quarter for her 2018 U.S. Senate bid.

The campaign said in a news release the Brentwood congressman will report a total of $4.62 million in cash on hand later this month in her bid for the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. 

"I am honored to have such strong grassroots support from Tennessee families," said Blackburn said in a news release. "Voters across Tennessee are joining our team because they understand I am a card-carrying Tennessee conservative who will help President Trump drain the swamp." 

Blackburn's announcement came after her GOP primary rival, former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher, announced his fundraising figures.

Citing several recent polls showing Blackburn with higher name identification than Fincher, her campaign said she "clearly has the momentum in the primary and is in the best position to defeat Phil Bredesen in November."

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Fincher vowed in his own news release that he won't be "outraised" or "outworked" in his U.S. Senate bid, saying he raised $1.45 million for the Aug. 2 GOP primary contest with Blackburn.

According to Fincher's campaign, the former congressman and farmer from Frog Jump in West Tennessee had a total of $3.7 million in the 4th quarter for his campaign. 

The other $2.34 million was left over money in his congressional war chest after he decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. House in 2016.

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

 

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