By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has raised more than three times as much campaign cash this year as Chris McDaniel, his challenger in the June 3 Republican primary.
Cochran campaign manager Kirk Sims said Tuesday that Cochran raised $1.7 million from January through March.
McDaniel campaign spokesman Noel Fritsch says McDaniel raised $474,624 during that time.
Sims says Cochran's campaign was holding $1.5 million as of March 31. It has raised $2.9 million since November 2008, after the last Senate election.
Fritsch did not immediately say how much cash McDaniel held as of March 31. He says the campaign has raised $962,426 since it started last fall.
Cochran was elected to the Senate in 1978 after six years in the House. McDaniel was elected to the state Legislature in 2007.