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Mark Kelly has $1M cash advantage on Martha McSally in Senate race

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PHOENIX — The likely Democrat and Republican nominees for U.S. Senate in Arizona have already raised a large amount ahead of next year’s race.

Democrat Mark Kelly has more than $3.2 million cash on hand as of March 31, according to campaign finance reports made public this week.

That’s about $1 million more than Republican incumbent Martha McSally, who had approximately $2.1 million cash on hand in the same quarter.

The reports also showed that Kelly raised $4 million during the first quarter of the year. His campaign reported that in early April.

McSally raised $2 million and also has $923,000 carried forward from last year.

The race to finish John McCain’s last term is likely to be one of the most hotly contested and expensive Senate races in the country next year.

Last year, McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema each spent more than $20 million on their Senate campaigns.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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