Illinois candidates for U.S. Senate in 2016 are reporting millions of dollars in campaign money raised in the third quarter. Democrat Tammy Duckworth's campaign said Wednesday it raised $1.46 million. Aides say the congresswoman has $2.8 million in the bank. Duckworth is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge first-term Republican Sen. Mark Kirk.
Kirk reported contributions of $1.05 million since June. His campaign says he has $3.62 million on hand.
Both campaigns say the expansion of their donor bases suggested wide, grassroots support.
The other Democrat seeking the nod to face off with Kirk is former federal prosecutor Andrea Zopp. She had not released figures. The deadline for filing is Thursday.
The race for Kirk's seat is routinely touted as one of the nation's most competitive.