- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley’s re-election campaign said Monday it will report that the Oregon Democrat raised $1.2 million during the latest fundraising period.

The new cash, raised since May 1, brings Merkley’s total second-quarter fundraising to $1.8 million when combined with money he raised in April, which was reported before the May 20 primary. The campaign says the report will be filed soon with the Federal Election Commission.

Merkley faces Republican Monica Wehby, a Portland neurosurgeon, in the November election. Merkley is the favorite in a strongly Democratic state, but he has been fighting aggressively to hold onto the seat for a second term.

Merkley’s campaign reports spending $1.5 million over the last two months. His campaign has been running ads for weeks seeking to tie Wehby to national Republicans and prevent her from defining herself as a moderate Republican. Merkley will report having $3.5 million in the bank at the end of June with no debt.

Wehby’s second-quarter fundraising totals have not yet been made public. She showed early strength in raising money after launching her campaign late last year, exciting Republicans in Washington, D.C., but her campaign has struggled with critical news stories since she won the GOP primary. She’s stayed largely out of the public eye since then, focusing heavily on raising money.

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