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Kuster raises more than half a million in second quarter

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster raised more than half a million dollars between April and June. WMUR first reported that Kuster raised $568,000 in the second quarter, and Kuster’s campaign confirmed those numbers.

Kuster, who is known as a prolific fundraiser, has $1.7 million cash on hand, WMUR reported. During the first quarter of the year, she raised $402,000, which trounced each of her possible Republican rivals. State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, former state representative Jim Lawrence and former state senator Gary Lambert are competing in the Republican primary to challenge Kuster.

Full fundraising reports for the period of April 1 to June 30, which include spending and donation details, are due to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday.

U.S. Senate candidates Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown are the only other candidates who have released fundraising numbers so far. Shaheen raised $2.8 million and Brown $2 million, according to their campaigns. Shaheen’s numbers break the record for fundraising in a New Hampshire race for U.S. Senate. The high fundraising totals from Shaheen, Brown and Kuster all signal that this fall’s election is likely to be one of the most expensive in New Hamsphire’s history – which means a lot of advertising.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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