Rep. Donna F. Edwards raised more money this summer than she did in the second quarter of the calendar year, but still trails Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) by a huge financial margin in her primary bid to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski.
Edwards, who leads Van Hollen by ten points in a new Washington Post-University of Maryland poll, raised $638,524 in the three months ending September 30, more than the $590,000 she collected in the second quarter, according to new filings with the Federal Election Commission.
Van Hollen raised $950,000 in the third quarter of 2015, a slower fundraising pace than he reported earlier in the year. But he has $4.1 million cash on hand, compared to Edwards’ $368,500.
The Van Hollen campaign said Thursday that more than three-fourths of its donations came from Maryland residents and the number of grassroots donors have “increased nearly sevenfold since the first fundraising quarter.”
A third Democratic member of Congress from Maryland, Rep. Elijah Cummings, is weighing whether to enter the Senate race. The Post-U.Md poll shows that he would lead Edwards and Van Hollen by 13 points if he became a candidate.
Bill Turque contributed to this report, which has been updated.