Friday, January 19th

Kevin Nicholson (left), Tammy Baldwin (center) and Leah Vukmir (right)(Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin raised more than $2.8 million in the last three months of 2017 and had more than $7 million cash on hand, her campaign said Friday.

Baldwin's fundraising numbers far exceeded those already announced by the two Republicans seeking to challenge her in the fall, Delafield businessman Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir of Brookfield.

The Nicholson campaign said it raised more than $800,000 at the end of 2017 and had more than $500,000 cash on hand.

Vukmir said she raised more than $400,000 in the last quarter but did not give give a cash-on-hand figure.

Baldwin's campaign said it received "$35 average grassroots online donations" as it attempts to counter millions of dollars in outside money that has already poured into the race.

The Center for Responsive Politics said late last year that there had been more than $3.1 million in outside spending against Baldwin, and around $532,000 against all other Democratic Senate incumbents combined.