Franken raised nearly $2 million in first quarter

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is making a strong play to be the first quarter fundraising champion, announcing in a video Thursday that he raised nearly $2 million in the first three months of the 2014 election cycle.

Franken raked in $1.99 million and has more than $2 million cash on hand. He still has no major opponents, though Republicans are recruiting Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen, among others.

The number isn't terribly surprising, of course, given Franken was the leading fundraiser in the 2008 election cycle in a tough and extremely tight race with then-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.).

In other fundraising numbers announced Thursday, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) raised a solid $1.2 million and has $3.5 million cash on hand, and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) raised $1.9 million and has $3.4 million cash on hand, after getting an assist from former president and Arkansas governor Bill Clinton.

On the GOP side, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) leads the way so far with $1.8 million raised in the first quarter and $8.6 million cash on hand.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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