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Democrat Cortez Masto raises more than $1 million for US Senate; GOP's Heck has $1.4M cash

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CARSON CITY, Nevada — Democratic former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced that she has raised $1.1 million since launching her campaign for U.S. Senate three months ago, although her newly announced Republican opponent has a larger stash of cash.

Cortez Masto's campaign said this week that she has nearly $1 million in cash after announcing her bid on April 8. More than 6,500 people have donated to Cortez Masto, and the median donation is $20, campaign officials said.

"Our campaign's momentum continues to grow as more Nevadans learn about Catherine's lifelong record of protecting Nevada families," said Eben DuRoss, the finance director for Cortez Masto's campaign.

Republican Rep. Joe Heck, who's serving his third term in the U.S. House, kicked off his campaign earlier this week with the support of high-ranking Republican officeholders. The National Republican Senatorial Campaign confirmed he raised $572,000 in the most recent quarter before entering the race, and has about $1.4 million in cash on hand counting money left over from his U.S. House fundraising.

Heck and Cortez Masto are vying to replace longtime Democratic Sen. Harry Reid, who plans to retire without seeking a sixth term. Reid is a vocal supporter of Cortez Masto, who served as Nevada's top prosecutor for eight years.

The race is expected to be competitive.

Federal candidates must disclose by July 15 any campaign contributions they have received during the quarter that ended June 30.

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