GOP, Dem rivals raise millions in Tennessee US Senate race


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    Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn narrowly outraised Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen last quarter in Tennessee's open contest for U.S. Senate, with Blackburn maintaining a 2-to-1 cash-on-hand advantage.

    From April through June, Blackburn's campaign says she raised more than $2.6 million, spent almost $1.2 million and finished with more than $7.3 million remaining.

    Over that period, Bredesen's campaign says he raised more than $2.4 million, loaned his campaign $2 million-plus, spent almost $2.6 million and ended with almost $3.7 million left.

    Bredesen has spent almost $4.6 million since entering the race in December, compared to Blackburn's $3.1 million. Bredesen has started running TV ads. Blackburn has not since she launched her campaign in October.

    Bredesen's latest loan brings his total personal investment in the race to almost $3.5 million.

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