- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley will report raising $2.15 million for his re-election campaign during the three months ending Sept. 30.

A campaign finance summary provided by Merkley’s campaign Thursday shows he had just under $1.4 million in the bank going into the final five weeks of the campaign with no debt.

Merkley’s strong fundraising haul will be a big help as he tries to maintain his lead over Republican Monica Wehby.

Wehby has not yet reported her fundraising for the quarter. Her bank account has consistently lagged Merkley’s, and conservative outside groups that had been helping her with independent spending have pulled their ads off the air.

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