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Glenn's war chest swells by nearly $2.8 million

October 14, 2016 Updated: October 15, 2016 at 7:14 am
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El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn will have the campaign cash necessary to make a push to unseat Democrat Michael Bennet in the U.S. Senate the final month of his campaign.

In the campaign finance reports due to the Federal Election Commission Saturday, Glenn's campaign said he would report collecting nearly $2.8 million over the past three months, with $1.9 million left to spend before the Nov. 8 election.

Bennett's campaign said this week that he would report raising more than $2.2 million in the past three months. He has $3.6 million in cash for the last month of the race.

"Everyone has underestimated Darryl Glenn this election, but these numbers, which show him outraising a sitting U.S. senator, prove he's not one to back down from a challenge," his spokeswoman, Katey Price, said in a statement. "Darryl's supporters are investing in a bold, conservative outsider who will bring reform and accountability to D.C., rather than a Washington insider like Michael Bennet, who's content with the status quo​."

Specific donors will be available next week, when the Federal Election Commission makes itemized reports public, but the Glenn campaign made available its summary Friday showing about $1.1 million in "unitemized contributions," meaning donors gave less than $200 in the calendar year.​

The rest of his money comes from larger-giving individual donors, beyond the $21,029 he reports from Republican Party committees and $90,462 from political action committees.

The challenger released his first TV ad Thursday and announced he would spend $600,000 to promote it.

In the last quarterly federal financial disclosure in June, Bennet had $6.1 million in his war chest at the time. Glenn had $50,198 with $16,500 in campaign debt.

The Bennet campaign did not immediately respond to The Gazette's request for comment.

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