US Senate hopeful Representative Stephen F. Lynch, running against the Washington Democratic establishment’s favored candidate, raised $1.5 million since January, his campaign said Sunday.
Representative Edward J. Markey, Lynch’s primary opponent in the race to replace former senator John F. Kerry, has not yet released his fund-raising haul for the last three months. But Markey had more than $3 million in the bank at the end of 2012 and is expected to have had a robust fund-raising period.
None of the three Republicans in the race — Gabriel E. Gomez, Michael J. Sullivan, and Daniel B. Winslow — has yet released his tallies.
Lynch ended the fund-raising period that ran from Jan. 1 through April 10 with $514,000 in the bank. As he continues to raise money, that should give the congressman, widely considered the underdog in his primary race, enough cash to keep ads in rotation on broadcast television, essential for most any candidate to stay competitive.
“The powers in Washington told us who we should be supporting, but the people of Massachusetts have put their money where their mouth is in support of Steve Lynch,” said Lynch adviser Scott Ferson.
Ferson said Lynch was on track to raise another million dollars with scheduled fund-raisers before the April 30 primary.
Markey was endorsed late last year by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the national party’s organization devoted to electing Democrats to the Senate.
One of the most important aspects of an endorsement from that group is the immense help it provides with fund-raising.
Lynch’s campaign said that it had 3,304 donors during the period and 45 percent contributed $100 or less.
The campaign also said 93 percent of donors to Lynch’s Senate effort were from Massachusetts.
“We got into this race knowing we would be outraised and outspent,” Lynch said in a statement released by the campaign. “But we also knew that our support wouldn’t come from Washington or California – it would come from right here in Massachusetts. The tremendous support of the people in Massachusetts, the working families who scraped together $100 or less, has given us the resources we need to win this election on April 30.”
All five candidates for the state’s open Senate seat are required to file their fund-raising reports with the Federal Election Commission by the end of the day on Thursday.
Each candidate’s fund-raising number is a key metric in determining the health of campaign, as primary day nears.
The number is a sign of everything from how many ads can be placed on television as voters tune in to how much staff can be hired to help get out the vote on Election Day.
In addition to his fund-raising, Lynch already had $744,000 in his federal political account. Between Jan. 1 and April 10, he spent $1.8 million.
Last year’s closely watched Senate campaign between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown was one of the most expensive races in the country. Warren spent more than $42 million in her campaign in 2011 and 2012, while Brown spent over $35 million over the two-year cycle.
But that was a marquee race that garnered significant national attention. The Massachusetts special election for Senate has been substantially more subdued, which, along with a compressed time frame, makes fund-raising a greater challenge.
Either Markey or Lynch will face the winner of the Republican primary on June 25.