Thom Tillis, right, and his wife Susan Tillis, left, greet supporters at a election night rally in Charlotte, N.C., after winning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Tillis, the Republican establishment\u0092s favored son in North Carolina, won the state\u0092s Senate nomination by running as a proud conservative who\u0092s not terribly different from his tea party and Christian-right opponents.   (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Thom Tillis, right, and his wife Susan Tillis, left, greet supporters at a election night rally in Charlotte, N.C., after winning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Tillis, the Republican establishment\u0092s favored son in North Carolina, won the state\u0092s Senate nomination by running as a proud conservative who\u0092s not terribly different from his tea party and Christian-right opponents. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Tillis collects $1.6M in second quarter for U.S. Senate bid

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH — Republican Thom Tillis’ U.S. Senate campaign says it had its best fundraising quarter to date, yet it was still less than half of what Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan raised during the second quarter.

Tillis’ campaign announced Friday the state House speaker raised more than $1.6 million in the three months ending June 30 and has about $1.5 million in cash on hand. Those numbers compare to $3.6 million Hagan’s campaign said this week it raised during the quarter, with $8.7 million in its coffers. Detailed figures are due to federal election regulators next week.

Tillis spent lots of money early in the second quarter because he had a competitive Republican primary in May.

Outside groups have injected millions of dollars into the race through television ads targeting Tillis and Hagan.