North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan raised $2.8 million in the first quarter — an impressive sum for the top target of outside spending in the 2014 midterms.
The first-term Democrat ended March with $8.3 million in cash on hand, according to the Hagan campaign. That's far more than any of her potential Republican opponents are likely to report, though she's already the target of millions of dollars worth of ads from Americans for Prosperity.
"Kay’s strong fundraising total for the first quarter shows the excitement and momentum behind her campaign," Hagan spokeswoman Sadie Weiner said. "These funds will ensure the campaign can reach voters in every corner of the state to talk about Kay’s record of putting North Carolina first." North Carolina state Speaker Thom Tillis raised $1.3 million in the first quarter and ended March with $1.3 million in the bank, according to a campaign spokesman. Tillis is backed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., but he's facing a competitive May 6 primary and is likely headed to a July 15 runoff .
The Wall Street Journal first reported Tillis' first-quarter fundraising total.
The race is rated Tilts Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Democrats on Monday announced strong totals in two other vulnerable states. Louisiana Sen. Mary L. Landrieu announced bringing in $1.8 million and ending the first quarter with $7.5 million in cash on hand, and Colorado Sen. Mark Udall announced raising $2 million and ending the quarter with $5.9 million in the bank.
Both face challenges from Republican members of Congress. Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is taking on Landrieu, announced Monday raising $1.2 million and ending March with $5 million on hand. Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, who is challenging Udall in Colorado, has not yet released first-quarter fundraising numbers.