The Washington Times - October 4, 2012, 01:18PM

Democrat Tim Kaine raised $4.5 million over the last three months for his campaign in the U.S. Senate contest in Virginia, while his opponent, Republican George Allen, took in about $3.5 million, bringing the total hauls for the two campaigns to about $15 million and $11.6 million, respectively.

Mr. Kaine has now raised almost $15 million from more than 40,000 individual donors, which includes 10,000 new donors in the last six weeks. Almost 70 percent of his third-quarter donations came from donors who gave less than $200.

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Mr. Kaine’s campaign has already made $7.5 million worth of ad buys, and has $1 million in cash on hand.

Said Kaine campaign manager Mike Henry: “While we’re proud of our fundraising total, we are most proud of the number of our donors and volunteers. We know we’ll have to rely on them to help battle against increasingly desperate ads and tactics in the last weeks.”

Mr. Allen’s third-quarter haul brought his total amount raised to more than $11.6 million. His campaign has reserved more than $5 million worth of radio and television advertising, and he finished the quarter with $2.57 million on hand.

“Susan and I are so encouraged by the groundswell of support our campaign is receiving from Virginians who share our vision for a better future,” Mr. Allen said. “We know that behind every donation is a story of hard work and hope that current and future generations will have the same opportunities we had growing up.”

An average of recent state polls compiled by RealClearPolitics.com gives Mr. Kaine, like Mr. Allen a former governor of the state, a 4.8 percentage point lead with just under five weeks until Election Day.