Sen. Sherrod Brown raised more than $5.4 million in the third quarter, his campaign announced Monday, as the Ohio Democrat faces a determined challenge from tea party favorite Josh Mandel.
Money matters a lot in this race, which both parties see as a key battleground in the war for control of the Senate. Ohio’s 20 electoral votes ended up going to Barack Obama in 2008, but it a crucial swing state this election season.
Mandel, 35, has been called a “boy wonder of Republican politics” by RealClearPolitics. He reported raising $4.5 million in the third quarter. He also has received generous support from outside groups anxious to unseat Brown, whom he has labeled “the most liberal senator in America.”
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