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No Rival and Plenty of Cash? Don’t Rest Easy

Bill Clark/Roll Call
Sen. Debbie Stabenow had $3 million in the bank through March and no challenger, but she well understands the limits of those assets.

His candidacy started well. Allen had $1.7 million in cash on hand through the first six months of the off-year compared with the $2.3 million that Collins had banked. But Allen had a bigger challenge. As the race went on, Collins' job approval rating remained above 60 percent. When Allen failed to close the polling gap, fundraising became much more difficult.

"If the race tightens up, the money moves," Allen told Roll Call in an interview. "Contributors are more likely to spend on someone who looks like they can win."

As the second-quarter fundraising reports are released next month, it's important to remember that nebulous Senate races can still form, and there's plenty of time for hot races to cool off.

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