06/14/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cory Gardner Sets Fundraising Record, Still Falls Well Short Of Markey

Republican congressional front-runner Cory Gardner raised more than $273,000 in the first quarter of the year, a record for a challenger in Colorado's 4th Congressional District race and another sign the fall campaign will be one of the nation's most hotly contested and expensive House races this year.

"It was strong but not unanticipated. We've certainly been building a lot of momentum, and I think this just reflects that, especially that the majority of the money that came in was from inside Colorado," Gardner campaign manager Chris Hansen said.

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