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Hatch has topped $1 million

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Hatch has topped $1 million
Deseret News 1Oct99 N2
By Lee Davidson: Deseret News Washington correspondent

Although Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah has not reached his goal of persuading 1 million people to each give $36 to his presidential campaign, he has raised $1.3 million. But that leaves him $54.7 million behind present GOP front-runner George W. Bush, according to recently released estimates. When Hatch announced his candidacy in July - - just after Bush reported that he had raised $36 million to that point -- Hatch said he would try to match Bush's "big money from fat cats" by raising $36 apiece from 1 million "skinny cats." Reportedly, about 1/3 of Hatch's $1.3 million has come from Utah supporters.

Senator John McCain, R-Ariz. was shown in second place in fund-raising among Republicans behind Bush. And lesser known candidates Gary Bauer and Patrick Buchanan raised more than Elizabeth Dole in the last quarter, with Hatch almost matching the $1.5 million she raised.

On the Democratic front, Bill Bradley raised more than Vice President Al Gore during the third quarter , causing Gore to examine his campaign and strategy. On NBC's "Today" show, the Vice President said he feels like the "underdog in the race," and later joked that he will be moving his campaign office from Washington to Tennessee to go "from K Street (home of Washington lobbyists) to Kmart."

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