Vitter outpaces Melancon fundraising
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter continues to outpace his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Charlie
Melancon, in fundraising for this fall's Senate race, with Vitter again raking in twice as much campaign cash in the most recent reporting period.
Vitter raised $1.1 million in the first quarter of the year, compared to $518,000 for Melancon, according to finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday and provided by the campaigns.
Melancon, a three-term congressman from Napoleonville in south Louisiana, reported having nearly $2.3 million in cash on hand as of March 31, the end of the reporting period. Vitter, a first-term senator from the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, reported a $5 million balance.
The primary election is scheduled for Aug. 28, with the general election Nov. 2.