Just as Mitt Romney recently topped President Barack Obama in fundraising, Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock outraised his Democratic contender, Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), by more than $700,000 last quarter in the Indiana race for U.S. Senate.

Mourdock, a Republican, brought in $1.6 million in the last three months, compared with Donnelly's $900,000, according to the Evansville Courier & Press.

Despite Mourdock's impressive totals, the numbers also reflect positively on Donnelly, who had failed to raise more than $400,000 in the last two quarters. Donnelly and his team are confident he has a better shot against Mourdock than he would have had against outgoing Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). Mourdock beat Lugar in the GOP primary in May.

Donnelly may also have more cash on hand than his competition. Going into the quarter, he had $801,099 in the bank, compared with Mourdock's $255,193 in cash and $301,011 in debt, according to the NWI Politics. The current cash-on-hand information has not yet been released.

But outside spending from Tea Party-backed initiatives like the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks add to Mourdock's fundraising advantage. Several polls show the two are currently tied in the race.

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