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Senate race fundraising numbers released

Republican Rand Paul raised more than $1 million for his U.S. Senate campaign in the third quarter, largely from Internet fundraisers that have proven especially lucrative for him.

The son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul eclipsed all other major candidates over a three-month period ending Sept. 30, according to a financial reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.

Paul, employing Web-based fundraising tactics used by his father's presidential campaign, has pulled in $1.1 million since entering the race earlier this year. He attributes his fundraising success to his hardline stands against wasteful spending and government bailouts.

"I think it's the year of the outsider," Paul told The Associated Press on Thursday. "I think people are fed up with what's going on in Washington. They're fed up with the spending of money that we don't have."

The Federal Election Commission reports showed GOP candidate Trey Grayson, Kentucky's secretary of state, had raised $642,857 in the third quarter, bringing his fundraising total thus far to $1.2 million.

On the Democratic side, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo reported raising $514,000 for his Senate race. Attorney General Jack Conway hasn't yet released his third quarter fundraising report. Campaign spokesman Mark Riddle said Conway took in more than $2 million since entering the race. He had previously reported $1.3 million raised in the second quarter.

Paul's fundraising prowess impressed Kentucky's political scientists.

"I expected him to tap into his father's ability to raise money," said University of Louisville political scientist Laurie Rhodebeck. "But this goes beyond what I would have expected."

University of Kentucky political scientist Stephen Voss called Paul's fundraising total for the quarter "stunning."

"His success with his fundraising lays to rest any question as to whether he is able to mount a serious campaign," Voss said.

"He clearly has the resources and appeal to mount a serious campaign."

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