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Casey reports $5.2M in Senate re-election account

The Associated Press

Pennsylvania's Democratic Party says U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is just off his biggest fundraising quarter of the election cycle and has more cash in his campaign account than at the same point when he last ran in 2006.

A party spokesman said Thursday that Casey reported raising almost $1.5 million in the first three months of 2012, and had more than $5.2 million in cash earlier this month.

The information is being reported to the Federal Election Commission.

Casey is seeking his second six-year Senate term after beating Rick Santorum in 2006. He's opposed in the April 24 primary by a retired spring manufacturing shop owner, Joseph Vodvarka.

Republicans are choosing a nominee from five candidates who hope to challenge Casey in November's general election.