Scott Brown raised $3.4 million in first quarter

at 05:07 PM ET, 04/06/2012

Scott Brown has a good quarter, Rick Santorum’s daughter is in the hospital, Newt Gingrich is staying in for his donors and Eric Cantor gave to a controversial super PAC.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) raised $3.4 million in the first quarter of 2012, a huge haul. Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren (D) has yet to release her final total for the first three months of the year, but her campaign is touting the fact that she outraised her opponent in Massachusetts. She took in $2.5 million from in-state donors; Brown’s campaign said that 71 percent of his donors came from Massachusetts.

* Rick Santorum’s daughter Bella is back in the hospital for the second time since the former Pennsylvania senator started running for president. Three-year-old Bella has Trisomy 18, a rare genetic disorder that kills the vast majority of children who suffer from it within their first year.

* Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) raised about $330,000 in the first quarter of 2012, beating his primary rival, Rep. Mark Critz, who raised about $285,000.

* Former House speaker Newt Gingrich said today that he’s staying in the GOP race because his donors “asked me to stay in the race, asked me to fight for conservatism and asked me to develop a message for the platform. ... They very much do not want me to drop out.”

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Santorum’s strategy of winning over unbound caucus delegates has hit a wall in North Dakota, where former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has actually won more supporters. While Santorum should get the most delegates proportionally according to caucus results, at the state convention Romney supporters elected the most delegates.

* House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) gave $25,000 to an anti-incumbent super PAC to help Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) beat Rep. Don Manzullo in a member-vs.-member primary. Cantor had also donated directly to Kinzinger’s campaign and a super PAC run by a former Cantor aide helped the young congressman. But Cantor’s donation to the Campaign for Primary Accountability could be controversial given that the National Republican Congressional Committee has cut off companies for working with the group. Moreover, one of the PAC’s founders said funds contradicted Cantor’s claim that the funds were earmarked for that race only.

* Jerry Clarke, the former chief of staff to Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Ill.), will seek the nomination for the new 13th district seat his old boss is leaving behind. Redistricting significantly changed what was the 15th district and Democrats expect a competitive race. Because the state’s primary is over, the 14 county chairmen in the district will choose a GOP nominee for the seat.

* Montana Sen. Jon Tester (D) has launched two ads focusing on his work with veterans, his second ad campaign of the cycle. He faces a tough race against Rep. Denny Rehberg (R).

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