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Alison Lundergan Grimes outraises Mitch McConnell in first quarter

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As the Senate's top-ranking Republican, Mitch McConnell has plenty of fundraising might behind his re-election bid in Kentucky this year.

But, as the Democrat who might take McConnell down, so does Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes' campaign reported Tuesday having brought in $2.7 million from January through the end of March — outpacing the $2.4 million McConnell raised during the same period.

Grimes still trails McConnell in overall cash on hand, with less than $5 million compared to more than $10 million in McConnell's war chest. But McConnell has been forced to commit considerable cash to defending himself against Republican Matt Bevin, who is challenging McConnell in the party's primary race. Grimes, meanwhile, is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

A portion of Grimes' first-quarter fundraising haul can be attributed to the boost she received in February from a campaign-trail appearance by President Bill Clinton, who spoke in Louisville with Grimes, a longtime family friend. The endorsement was Clinton's first of the 2014 midterm election cycle.

As Grimes has kept pace with McConnell in fundraising, she has also matched him in many public polls, which have consistently shown the candidates in a dead heat.

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