U.S. Senate candidate Carmona raises $1.1M

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- U.S. Senate candidate Richard Carmona hauled in big money again last quarter as his campaign raised $1.1 million over the three-month period.

The Democratic politician's take between April and June was his best showing so far, leaving him with roughly $1.6 million in his campaign coffers, said Andy Barr, a spokesman for the campaign.

Most of the money, Barr said, came from small donations as 86 percent of the contributions were less than $250.

In total, Carmona has raised about $2.5 million since launching his campaign late last year. Carmona is the lone Democrat in the race, unlike the battle for the Republican nomination.

In that contest, Congressman Jeff Flake is up against Valley businessman Wil Cardon. The GOP candidates haven't released their latest fundraising totals, but the two campaigns have been doling out cash on hard-hitting television commercials.

Carmona, the former surgeon general under the George W. Bush administration, is perhaps the Democratic Party's best chance at winning one of the state's two Senate seats in a generation. It's been nearly 20 years since Arizona voters have sent a Democrat to Washington D.C.

Former U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini was the last Democrat from Arizona to serve in the upper chamber. He served there from 1977 to 1995.