Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 4/1/13: It begins: The first fundraising numbers of 2013 are here

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by David Nir

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Leading Off:

• 1Q Fundraising: With the end of the quarter now past us, the first set of fundraising numbers for the 2013-14 cycle is trickling in. Here are a few tallies from some actual and potential Senate candidates:

• CO-Sen: Sen. Mark Udall (D): $1.5 mil raised, $2.5 mil cash-on-hand• IA-Sen: Rep. Bruce Braley (D): $1 mil raised (since Sen. Tom Harkin’s retirement announcement on Jan. 26)

• LA-Sen: Rep. Bill Cassidy (R): $500K raised

Udall looks dominant, and those are some very solid numbers for Braley; both men still lack GOP opponents. Cassidy, meanwhile, has dithered about launching a Senate bid, but he can transfer money from his House account should he decide to make the leap and challenge Sen. Mary Landrieu. With over $2 million cash-on-hand at the end of the last reporting period (Dec. 31, 2012), he probably has a nice pile built up, but the longer he waits, the more he risks another Republican stealing the spotlight and gaining momentum….

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