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U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer collected $2.4 million in the first quarter and had $8.7 million in cash on hand as of March 31, her campaign announced Monday.

The Democratic incumbent faces a tough challenge in her re-election bid this year, according to recent polls that show her barely beating, and in some cases trailing, her potential GOP opponents.

In the Republican primary, former Republican congressman Tom Campbell announced last week that he had raised $1.6 million in the first quarter since switching to the Senate race in January. He did not say how much cash he had on hand; full reports are due Thursday.

Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine, has not formally announced his campaign finance totals, but he suggested in a blog post last week that he had raised $600,000 in the first quarter of 2010. He mentioned that his total fundraising was at $1.8 million, a boost from the $1.2 million he reported at the end of 2009.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has not yet released fundraising totals for the first quarter of 2010. She reported having $2.75 million in cash on hand at the end of 2009 after loaning her campaign $2.5 million. She raised $1.1 million in contributions last year.


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