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Duckworth outraises Kirk in first quarter of 2016

Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Tammy Duckworth will faceoff in November for the Senate.

Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Tammy Duckworth will faceoff in November for the Senate.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., outraised rival Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., in the first quarter of 2016, with the two stepping up fundraising as they head to a November showdown.

Between Jan. 1 and March 31, Kirk raised $1.2 million and ended the quarter with $3.3 million cash on hand.

Duckworth during that same period raised $2.1 million and has over $4 million on hand as of the end of last month.

The Kirk and Duckworth campaigns released top-line numbers on Monday, with more detailed reports to be filed with the Senate.

Kirk campaign manager Kevin Artl said in a statement, “Since his recovery from a stroke in 2012, Senator Kirk has raised over $8 million from over 20,000 donors. “

Duckworth campaign manager Kaitlin Fahey said in a statement, “This was our campaign’s strongest quarter yet, with both a decisive primary win and significant growth in our base of grassroots contributors.”