AUGUSTA — Democrat Sara Gideon raised significantly more money than Republican Sen. Susan Collins during the summer months, although the would-be challenger still trails the incumbent in total “cash on hand” despite a record $3.2 million haul.

Gideon, who is speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, raised more than $1 million in the first week of her campaign after announcing in June that she would launch a bid to unseat Collins. After raising an additional $3.2 million between July and September, Gideon’s campaign headed into the fall with $2.75 million in cash on hand, spokeswoman Maeve Coyle said.

Collins’ campaign, by comparison, reported raising $2.1 million during the summer months, but ended the third quarter with $7.1 million still in the bank. Those figures, combined with what is already a flood of spending by outside groups, put Maine’s closely watched 2020 Senate race on track to be one of the most expensive campaigns in state history.

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