ELECTIONS

GOP Rakes in the Dough

Out of power in the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives, and facing a tough electoral landscape in 2010, the GOP received a rare—and much-needed—bit of good news with their latest fundraising numbers. According to The Washington Post, FEC reports have some key Senate candidates for the Republicans pulling in large hauls. Rep. Roy Blunt, running for an open seat in Missouri, raised $1.4 million from April through June, giving him a $400,000 lead over his likely Democratic opponent, Robin Carnahan. In Florida, Governor Charlie Crist has pulled in $4.3 million in the last quarter, the most of any candidate nationwide, and nearly four times as much as his leading Democratic opponent, Rep. Kendrick Meek. Still, the Democrats have some boasts of their own: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took in $3.3 million and has $7.3 million total, crushing his top potential opponent, Rep. Dean Heller, and his paltry $250,000.