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Oct 16, 2009 12:09 PM by Jthibodeaux

Vitter holds fund-raising lead

Republican Sen. David Vitter raised more than $1.2 million for his 2010 re-election campaign from July through September, giving him a strong financial lead over his Democratic rival, Rep. Charlie Melancon (mel-AHN'-sohn), who raised just over $751,000.

The figures are in campaign finance report summaries filed with the Federal Election Commission this week. The deadline for filing the third-quarter reports was Thursday.

Vitter's report lists $3.9 million in cash on hand. Melancon, a congressman from southeastern Louisiana, lists $1.8 million.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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