The Washington Times - October 16, 2012, 01:32PM

The Massachusetts Senate race is living up to its massive fundraising predictions, with incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren raking in a combined $19.5 million from July to September.

That makes it not only the priciest House or Senate race in Massachusetts history, but positions it to become the most expensive Senate race ever. With three weeks left to go before Election Day, the candidates are now close to exceeding the combined $70 million raised by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rep. Rick Lazio in their 2000 U.S. Senate race in New York.

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Mrs. Warren has firmly established herself as one of the most successful Senate fundraisers in history, after gathering $36.3 million over the last year. She brought in $12.12 million in the third quarter, nearly doubling the $7.45 collected by Mr. Brown.

She set a standard that has been hard for Mr. Brown to keep up with. While he has raised more money than most Senate candidates around the country, he’s still brought in about $9 million less than Mrs. Warren over the whole campaign cycle.