The Washington Times - October 16, 2012, 01:31PM

Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin holds a fundraising edge over Republican opponent Tommy Thompson going into the final three weeks of their competitive race, according to numbers released this week by both campaigns.

Ms. Baldwin, a current congresswoman, raised $4.5 million between July 1 and Sept. 30 and still has $3.4 million left for the stretch run, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. Mr. Thompson, a former governor, raised $3.6 million over that span and has $2 million on hand.

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The Thompson campaign acknowledged that it was low on funds in August and September, as it used many of its resources in a tight four-way GOP primary that Mr. Thompson won on Aug. 14. Of the $3.6 million that the campaign collected during the quarter, $2.2 million came after the victory.

Ms. Baldwin, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, emerged as the favorite in many polls following the Democratic and Republican national conventions, and has thus far held onto that standing.

Polls last week by Rasmussen Reports, CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac University and Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling showed her with leads of 4, 2 and 3 percentage points, respectively.

The candidates will square off Thursday in their second of three debates.