Democrat Jack Conway reported Friday that he has received $2.5 million in contributions since entering the U.S. Senate race last year.

Conway announced his fundraising total on Friday, a day after a Bowling Green debate with his leading opponent in the Democratic primary, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo.

The two front-runners in a field of five Democrats praised the recently passed health care bill in the Thursday night debate. Mongiardo, who has raised $1.8 million, says he hopes the health care reforms boost the quality of care and drives down costs.

Conway, Kentucky's attorney general, said the bill would lead to 654,000 Kentuckians being insured. Conway reported Friday that he had raised an additional $215,000 between Jan 1 and March 31, and that he still has $1.3 million on hand. Mongiardo reported that he had banked $312,000 since January and that he still has more than $795,000 on hand.

On the Republican side, Bowling Green eye surgeon Republican Rand Paul and Secretary of State Trey Grayson have both raised about $2.4 million. The Paul campaign reported $396,000 on hand at the end of the first quarter reporting period. Grayson had $1.1 million on hand.