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U.S. Senator Michael Bennet speaks on the second night of the second 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Detroit, Michigan, July 31, 2019. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Presidential contender Michael Bennet raises $2.1 million in 3rd quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet’s presidential campaign says it raised $2.1 million in the third quarter of the year.

Bennet’s longshot campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination had $1.8 million cash on hand Wednesday. It has had enough funds to spend more than $1 million on ads in critical early voting Iowa.

Bennet is focusing his moderate message in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Still, Bennet has not qualified for the upcoming presidential debate. His haul in the three months ending Monday is a small fraction of the money Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg have reported.

Sanders said Tuesday he raised $25.3 million to Buttigieg’s $19.1 million.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said he raised more than $6 million. And California Sen. Kamala Harris reported $11.6 million.

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