Roberts Keeps Wide Financial Lead Over Slattery in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Pat Roberts raised more than $850,000 for his re-election in the last three months, keeping a wide financial lead over his main Democratic rival in the U.S. Senate race.

The Kansas Republican now has over $3.1 million in the bank to spend on his campaign against former Democratic Rep. Jim Slattery, according to a campaign spokeswoman.

Slattery's campaign spokeswoman says he raised about $500,000 over the same period, which is less than the $650,000 Roberts spent during the latest quarter -- much of it on television ads.

With Slattery hoping to make it a competitive race, Roberts has already been running TV and radio ads around the state for more than two weeks.

Today was the last day for federal office candidates to collect money before filing second quarter financial reports. Final reports are not due to the Federal Election Commission until July 15.

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