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Blakeman Falls Behind In US Senate Campaign Funds

GOP candidate has just under $400K to Gillibrand's $7.2 mil


Republican Senate candidate Bruce Blakeman has reported having less campaign cash than his


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competitors for the seat held by Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

The former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature reported raising $151,146 in the second quarter and has $236,247 on hand.

Blakeman faces a primary challenge Sept. 14 from former Bear Stearns economist David Malpass, who had $2.4 million, which includes a $1.5 million personal loan to his campaign.

Former Westchester County congressman Joe DioGuardi filed petitions to force a three-way Republican primary. He had $843,446 and raised $126,753.

The Blakeman campaign said Friday it has broad support and has held four fundraisers since the reporting period.

Gillibrand has a bigger war chest than the three Republicans combined at $7.2 million.

Blakeman announced his candidacy to challenge Gillibrand’s seat in January. He previously ran for New York State Senate, losing to comptroller H. Carl McCall in 1998.

With The Associated Press.

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