07/10/2012 02:30 pm ET

Richard Mourdock, Indiana Senate Candidate, Far Outraised Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly

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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