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Claire McCaskill Fundraising Outpaces Rivals By Millions

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) faces a tough campaign for re-election, including a torrent of negative advertising even before the GOP primary to challenge her is held.

But she does have a massive advantage in fundraising, Missouri's Springfield News-Leader reports. Beyond the $5 million of her own cash, McCaskill leads all her Republican rivals in Missouri fundraising by $450,000 and in out-of-state fundraising by $2.2 million.

Her top donor is Emily's List, a pro-choice Democratic political action committee. She's also attracted backing from firms that do business in the state, including a PAC run by Boeing.

McCaskill launched her first TV ad, in which she goes after "special interests" for their spending in the race, in February.

Polling predicts a tight general election between McCaskill and her eventual GOP opponent.

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CORRECTION: The headline originally stated that McCaskill has outspent her rivals. It has been corrected to reflect the fact that she has outpaced her rivals in fundraising, not spending.

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